Graduate lands Broadway show

This month, Oklahoma City University added a 39th dancer to its list of Broadway performers — Kimberly Fauré, a 2010 dance performance graduate.

She will perform in Anything Goes, which will open April 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

I interviewed Fauré in January, when she was a stand-out student at Oklahoma City University, about her goal of making it to Broadway. Jo Rowan, chairman of the OCU dance department, said Fauré had “star quality.”

The following is a list of Broadway shows dancers of the OCU Ann Lacy School and American Dance and Arts Management have been featured in:

  1. Chicago
  2. RENT
  3. 42nd Street
  4. Gypsy
  5. Fosse
  6. The Producers
  7. La Cage aux Folles
  8. Crazy for You
  9. Mamma Mia
  10. Saturday Night Fever
  11. Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  12. Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  13. Tommy
  14. Show Boat
  15. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  16. Boy from Oz
  17. Will Roger’s Follies
  18. Frogs
  19. Jerome Robbin’s Broadway
  20. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  22. A Chorus Line
  23. Wicked
  24. Sunset Blvd.
  25. Music Man
  26. Grease
  27. Hairspray
  28. Peter Pan
  29. Spamalot
  30. Phantom of the Opera
  31. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  32. Steel Pier
  33. Epic Proportions
  34. On the Town
  35. Civil War
  36. Guys and Dolls
  37. Hello, Dolly

** Information cited from the 2006 “42nd St. and Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management” document. This list doesn’t include dancers featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

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Triple threat may be on route to Broadway

dance performance senior

Of the hundreds of aspiring professional performers at Oklahoma City University, one stands out simply because of her “star quality.”

Kimberly Fauré is an exceptional artist and performer, says Jo Rowan, chairman of the School of Dance at Oklahoma City University.

“Basically from the time I saw Kim Fauré as a freshman, I knew she had star quality,” she said. “I then became aware that she was a triple threat.
“She really understands the human condition. Whenever she’s given a movement to do, she turns it into something that is poetry.”

Fauré, a dance performance senior, said she always tries to do more than is required of her.

“I’ve been told things would not be handed to me on a silver platter,” she said. “I feel like I am always looking for opportunities.”

Fauré  said she takes extra voice lessons every week and constantly researches to improve her vocal repertoire. She said she visits the vocal practice rooms on campus daily.

Her efforts have not gone without reward. She is in the movie Step Up and has performed with Music Theatre of Wichita for three consecutive summers. In addition, Fauré was named “most promising dance performance major” of her graduating class for her entire college career. She has been a line captain for American Spirit Dance Company for four consecutive years. Fauré also has been in musicals at OCU and will perform the starring role of Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Fauré grew up doing ballet, but discovered her love for music theater when she took a year off after graduating high school for voice lessons and monologue coaching. The first musical Fauré performed in was Damn Yankees, at the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre.

“I hope to be a working performer in musical theater after I graduate,” she said. “I want to be on Broadway.”

According to Rowan, Fauré is on the track to success.

“Fauré is going to make it in the business and is going to make it big,” she said. “She has a great voice, fabulous looks and real quality strength to her technique.

“I’ve always felt she would be a real contender for Broadway stardom — I still believe that.”

Fauré said she is one of eleven selected OCU students participating in a musical theater showcase for talent agents  in May in New York City.