Alex 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.
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
offered this advice:
“Take as many acting, singing and dance lessons as you can.
A strong skill set will never hurt you,” Selma