Artist Spotlight: Jennetta Howell
Jennetta Howell is a valley native with deep roots in the local theatrical community. Her theatrical company will showcase the talent of its “Kids Kabaret!” class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue with a $10 donation requested at the door. The Post Independent recently caught up with Howell to discuss her dedication to the stage.
How did you get into acting?
I started with Defiance Community Players at age 9 and have come full circle as the current board president. My entire family was involved in our community theater — my parents, my aunts and uncle — and this was my normal to be involved and on the stage. The theater bug hit me early, and it has shaped my life.
What did you do next?
I received my professional education at AMDA American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. I left this small town for the big apple and have had an amazing ride in the business. I toured parts of the world for nine months with Princess Cruise Lines as a featured singer/dancer. Credits include: Off Broadway: musicals and five years in Los Angeles performing in every kind of theater from Civic Light Opera to the Beverly Hills Playhouse and guest star on “How I Met your Mother” and “Cut to the Chase” on T.B.S. I moved back to Colorado with my husband James Howell in 2006 to work at The Crystal Palace in Aspen.
What brought you back downvalley?
After the palace closed we were blessed with our first child, Kaylie, and we decided to stay in the valley, and six months later I was working at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Being a mom and a performer is busy. We are currently in our seventh year at the GVR, and my youngest is Memphis, who is 4. My title at work is Jennetta “Triple Threat” Howell. A triple threat is someone who is trained to sing, dance and act. I can also add teacher, director, choreographer and business owner.
Tell us about teaching.
Every summer since I graduated high school in 1998 I came back to work with Theater Aspen’s summer theater camps. I started as an apprentice and then grew to an intern and finally a full-time teacher. I continued honing my teaching skills in L.A. with a very talented group at the Glendale Center Theater. I was recently licensed as a director/owner of Glenwood’s Music Together Program for infants and toddlers.
Theatricals has been going for two years and has continued success with year-round classes and productions. Our mission is to provide a high quality theatre experience for young actors: a place to perform, sing, act, dance and learn musical theater skills to produce productions and participate in a community of friends with professional teachers.
What makes acting special?
For me it’s the full body and emotional experience that makes it special. Diving into a character and getting to portray them. Having the training and learning the process it takes to be a good actor is always exciting. Getting to work with other actors and directors helps stretch your skills, and the end product is the goal, but the journey it takes to get there is always new.
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