Meet Nick Morrett: Inspired by Musical Theatre
By Jarmea Boone
Photo by Melissa Ray
Senior Nick Morrett lives and breathes musical theatre and has become the ultimate enthusiast. He has been singing all of his life and has been studying voice professionally for nine years, in addition to acting and dancing. A native Georgian, Nick graduated from Lassiter High School in 2003. Initially, he began his academic career studying to be a high school chorus teacher. In 2005, Nick transferred to Kennesaw State to follow his passion for musical theatre.
Since being at KSU, Nick has expanded and honed his theatrical talents. “KSU is a great school because of all the opportunities you are given,” he stated. “There are ample things for you to do and tons of performance opportunities. Everyone can find their niche here.” During his time at KSU, Nick has been a finalist in both the 2006 and 2008 KSU Concerto competitions. Nick has performed in two KSU theatrical productions; he played Johnny in “King of Hearts” and Clemment Musgrove in “The Robber Bridegroom.” He also played Sergeant Muryll in the KSU Opera production of “The Yeomen of the Guard.” Last year, Nick represented KSU in “Campus Superstar,” an American Idol-esque contest for college students, sponsored by Hillel of Georgia, and was runner-up out of 500 contestants.
Nick (in spotlight) in KSU's production of "King of Hearts"
Photo by Jamie Bullins
In addition to performing in productions, Nick participated in two master classes last year with Grammy-winning opera vocalists Sylvia McNair and Jennifer Larmore. “I love performing and watching master classes, mainly because you can learn so much more about your instrument that you may not get in a lesson,” Nick stated. Nick praises his voice teacher, Artist-in-Residence Eileen Moremen, for her professional guidance and encouragement. “She has been such a great supporter. She has been there for me in every concert or show that I have been in. Prof. Moremen is a huge inspiration to me and makes me strive to do my best.”
In addition to everything he does at KSU, Nick performs a variety of roles with an array of organizations. He has been involved with the Atlanta Lyric Theater, The Legacy Theater and Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta. He has performed as Barrett in “Titanic, A New Musical,” Horton the Elephant in “Seussical the Musical,” Eva’s brother in “Evita,” Ko-Ko in “The Mikado,” Rolf in “The Sound of Music,” Zeke in Disney’s “High School Musical” and Amos Hart in “Chicago,” which earned him a 2007 nomination for Best Actor in a Musical from the Metro Atlanta Theater organization. This summer, Nick is performing as Sparky in the Atlanta Lyric Theater’s production of “Forever Plaid.”
While he is not acting, Nick loves to teach. From 2005 to 2006, he was the musical theatre director at the British Academy of Performing Arts in Marietta. He also directs and choreographs around the Atlanta area. “This summer marks my fifth year directing ‘Cabaret Camp,’ a two-week camp for high school students at The Art Place in Marietta. It is a great learning experience for me. I love seeing the passion and talents of kids grow.”
After graduation, Nick plans to pursue a performance career on Broadway. He credits his musical role models, award-winning actors Brian D’Arcy James and Marietta native Shuler Hensley, for inspiring him to do what he feels in his heart. “They have both played roles that I have played or want to play,” Nick explained. Nick is definitely excited about his future. “One of the things that makes me absolutely love musical theatre is seeing the audience’s response to my performances. Whether it is a solo recital or a full-stage show, I love to entertain people. It is something I have done and have loved to do my entire life.”