For outsiders looking in, Charlotte Knight appears to be on quite the roll.
After years singing opera as a soprano, Knight made the switch to musical theatre and has been steadily taking on role after role.
“The last few years, I’ve been quite a bit more busy with engagements and from the outside, it looks like I’m doing so well. And I am, but the truth is, it’s still a grind. I’m still out auditioning and dealing with rejection,” she said. “There have been some successes as well.”
Being classically trained in opera, Knight hasn’t had the opportunity to do many casual concerts but said lately, she’s been inspired some of the music she’s been listening to and singing through her musical theatre roles.
“You hear a song and think, ‘that speaks to me’ or ‘I’ve felt that way’,” she said.
As a result, she’s decided to head down a path many other musical theatre performers have before her: putting on her own one-woman cabaret. She went through and picked a collection of songs and wrote a song inspired by her life and career.
“I’m at a turning point in my career, transitioning to musical theatre from opera, and I thought this would be a great way to introduce myself to the genre of cabaret,” she said.
To help things go smoothly, she teamed up with musical director Jon Corkal to put the show together, deferring to his experience in this genre.
“He knows this stuff more than I do,” she said.
Knight’s picked a number of songs from her favourite composer, Steven Sondheim, as well as other artists like Joe Iconis, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen.
“You gotta have some pop in there,” she said.
There were three separate performances booked, starting off with the one Friday night at Mahtay Café in St. Catharines, her hometown. While she was born in the Garden City and later moved back after her post-secondary studies, she was raised in Toronto and did a performance there on June 16 at Gallery 345. On June 18, she’ll brought the show to TBD Theatre Co. in Guelph.