From Summer Acting Classes to Broadway

Tania Thompson
 | Jul 11, 2017
Allison Case in Hair

Allison Case as Crissy in the London production of Hair.

Allison Case Headshot

Career at a Glance

Here are some of Allison Case’s favorite productions to date.

  • Mamma Mia (Broadway): This was my Broadway debut (as Sophie) and will always be one of the most special moments.”
  • Hair (Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway, London’s West End): “This was more than a show, it was a movement! I met some of my best friends doing Hair.
  • Hands on a Hard Body (La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway).
  • Matilda: “Miss Honey was such a fun role to play, a character so beloved not only by me, but by my friends and their kids.”
  • Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons): “The experience reminded me of SCR because the environment was so friendly and encouraging.”

SCR-trained Allison Case Headlines 2017 Gala, “Let’s Play”

Long before her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia, Allison Case had musical theatre in her sights. And her starting point was a Summer Acting Workshop at South Coast Repertory nearly a decade ago. On Sept. 16, she’ll headline the theatre’s annual fundraising Gala, “Let’s Play.”

Allison Case in Matilda

Allison as Miss Honey in Matilda on Broadway (with Amy Spanger, left, as Mrs. Wormwood).

“I’m so excited and honored to perform at the Gala,” says Case. “I’m hoping to do a mix of songs that I love and love to listen to, as well as some favorites from the New York shows that I’ve been in.”

Allison Case and Lori Woolery

Case ​and Laurie Woolery in a 2003 SCR acting class.

Case, born in Orange County, credits her father for suggesting acting to her as a summer activity. She enrolled in Summer Acting Workshop and then she started working with theatre instructor Laurie Woolery.

“I got hooked on acting because of her!” Case says.

She was hungry to learn and eagerly dived into SCR Theatre Conservatory classes. What she learned from “every teacher brought something that affected me in a big way.”

After the summer workshop, she took acting classes that took her up through the teen program, was in the Teen Players acting ensemble, was cast in one of the child roles in A Christmas Carol and took the summer Acting ​Intensive ​Program, which is geared for serious acting students. As a young adult, she was cast in ​a few Theatre for Young Audiences plays at SCR and earned her Equity card, all of which helped when she arrived in New York and began auditioning for professional theatre jobs.

“I love music and singing and I love storytelling,” she explains. “For me to connect the two is really fun and also challenging.”

Case says she’s looking forward to coming “home” to SCR to headline the Gala—it’s a way for her to say “Thank You” for all the opportunities that the theatre gave her as a kid and as an adult.

“I am grateful to have had incredible support from my family, friends and teachers,” she says. “My exposure to the arts was amazing—and every young person deserves that.”

Learn more about SCR’s Gala, “Let’s Play.”