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Alex Selma ’99 Takes the Stage in the L.A. Cast of “Wicked”

Alex SelmaAlex Selma ’99 specifically chose to attend Loyola Marymount University because it didn’t have a musical theatre program. It may sound contradictory but Selma doesn’t think so.

“Acting is the most overlooked part of musical theatre,” Selma said. “LMU’s theatre program teaches its students the basics: to develop stage presence and to accurately tell a story. That’s what I wanted.”

Selma’s strategy paid off. Currently, he is performing in the L.A. cast of the musical, “Wicked,” as a member of the ensemble and the understudy for Boq, the love interest of Elphaba's younger sister, Nessarose.

“I feel so fortunate to be back in Los Angeles, and in a successful run of a show,” Selma said.

Selma’s big break in musical theatre happened during his senior year when he was cast in the Broadway production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Other credits include a national tour of Elton John’s musical, “AIDA,” a pre-Broadway workshop of the “Flower Drum Song,” and the Chicago cast of “Wicked.” Selma was also a back-up dancer for Jennifer Lopez during her music tour in 2004.

One of the biggest benefits Selma learned while at LMU was the ability to interact in a tight-knit community. This skill not only helped him on the stage but in his career as well.

“The entertainment business is very small, and as you progress that circle gets even smaller,” Selma said. “Once you break in, you have to be able to work well with other people in order to continue working.”

As for those interested in pursuing a career in musical theatre, Selma offered this advice:

 “Take as many acting, singing and dance lessons as you can. A strong skill set will never hurt you,” Selma said.