I AM OXFORD
Emma Pittman, who studied theater at Oxford High School (class of 2014) and at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York (class of 2018), is now preparing for her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the musical, “Chicago.”
Q: How did this all come about? A: The audition was an online video submission. I posted it and was like “what-ever” — if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.
Q: Where were you when you heard you made the top 10? A: I heard from them Oct. 23, which was my birthday, that I got in the top 10 semifinalists. It was the best birthday present ever!
Q: In November, Facebook users voted you into the top 3 finalists. What was that like? A: I was floored. I was home, choreographing “’Tis the Season” (at OHS). (Then) we were being flown to New York for the audition. It was the fastest three days of my life. We had a Roxie boot camp first. The next day was the audition, in front of Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth, and Bianca Marroquin (all former Roxies). I just had to have fun and be myself — that’s all I can be.
Q: When did you find out you got the part? A: I found out right then (at the audition)! I had to keep it a secret until they announced it (two months later) — it was crazy!
Q: How does it feel to be a hometown hero? A: I literally wouldn’t be here without you guys. A huge thank you to the community for always being supportive of the arts.