Archive | February, 2013

Talented Actress- Romania’s Ruxandra Mladin

28 Feb
Romanian Actress- Ruxandra Mladin

Romanian Actress- Ruxandra Mladin

Ruxandra Mladin was born in Bucharest, Romania and performed from a very young age. Putting on shows and entertaining when she was very young was something that gave her great joy. She wanted to go into acting although her parents wanted her to go into Business school to ensure she had a stable career path. Being the good daughter that she was, she enrolled and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and then her Masters in Marketing from ESADE Business School. Something felt like it was missing and she finally decided to follow her dreams. She started to attend Stella Adler Los Angeles shortly after making the scary move to California and it has been a rollercoaster since then. When asked why she moved to California she said it was because she wanted to be an actress and needed to live where they were. She followed her dream after a successful college career and she knew she would always have her business and marketing background to fall back on. Being business savvy hasn’t hurt her career it has only given her the skills she needs to succeed.

Forever a lover of the theater, once she graduated from Stella Adler she immediately took to the stage earning rave reviews for all of her roles. On stage she performed in two plays directed by Emmy winner Milton Justice, Waiting for Lefty and Book of Days. She also was in Neil Simon’s, Lost in Yonkers, and was personally congratulated on her performance by Mark Ruffalo which floored her. She has had the chance to be seen by some big directors and is certainly making a name for herself. When she auditioned for a role in a pilot called The Temp, they wrote a part for a male for her character. So she is the kind of actress that people will write in roles for, and that is a huge testament to her acting abilities.

Ruxandra’s parents were avid theater attendees throughout her youth which started her interest in the theater. She credits a VHS of Cleopatra that she watched when she was 7 as her biggest inspiration. Her favorite role to date was in the play Lost in Yonkers where she played a seventy eight year old German grandmother. She doesn’t let her dreams stop at just acting; she also has a strong desire to direct. She just keeps moving up in the land of Hollywood being featured recently in a Darren Stein project. She is enjoying her life at the moment and plans on splitting her time between Romania and LA. Look for big things to come from this talented actress.

BEAU MIDDLEBROOK- THE TRUE DEFINITION OF SHOWMANSHIP

20 Feb
The extremely athletic and talented performer Beau Middlebrook

The extremely athletic and talented performer Beau Middlebrook

Beau Middlebrook is one of those ultra-fit guys who has good looks and a lot of talent. He has used his talent and good looks to dance and act his way through many satisfying theatre jobs, one of which was an amazing seven-month stint on the Disney Dream cruise ship.

One of the nice things about working with Disney is they are very organized (to say the least). They are known to only hire the best in the business, so when Beau rocked up to the NYC auditions, they just had to have him. This extensive process took place over two days with hundreds of performers competing for the chance to work for ‘The Mouse’. With his flawless technique and individual style, Beau was able to stand out to the panel of judges and was soon on his way to Toronto for rehearsals. Over the eight week rehearsal period, Beau was able to work with some of today’s most extraordinary choreographers including, critically acclaimed, Gordon Greenberg and the award winning composer Kirsten Childs. When setting the shows the choreographers pull upon each performer’s individual strengths. Beau has many strengths and has used several of them in the three main stage shows that the troop performed on the cruise line.

Besides terrific dancing in general, tumbling was one of Beau’s skills that stood out to the choreographers. His tumbling was featured in several of the shows scenes including the famous Mary Poppins rooftop dance ‘Step in Time’ and ‘Son of Man’ from Tarzan. He also did the stage fights, sword fighting and free fall stunt work, which made his job just a little more interesting than the typical man on the street.

Beau Middlebrook in Mary Poppins

Beau Middlebrook in Mary Poppins

However, working for Disney wasn’t all glitz and glamour. With no full days off for the entirety of the seven month contact, Beau had to maintain his physical and mental well being whilst on board. This involved following a strict routine where everything from gym time to meal time to nap time was scheduled. However, Beau says it was all worth it, for there’s no better feeling than putting on that show face and performing live to thousands of people.

Beau is a true professional and working for Disney was an incredible experience for him. He was able to meet new friends, travel the world and do what he loves the most.