Andrew Ott, 2008 New London graduate, added another musical performance to his list of accomplishments last month, as he performed at the Shawano Mielke Theater. Andrew took center stage as Radames, one of the leading characters in the musical, “Aida”, written by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice.
Family friend Tamie Neilson says that Andrew began his musical career as early as second grade. “There were many times you could watch Andrew stand on the porch of the family camper at Jellystone Camp Grounds in Fremont and hear him singing at the top of lungs the theme song from Titanic. I believe he even won a karaoke contest for his performance,” says Neilson.
Andrew became a member of show choir in seventh grade at NLMS and has been performing ever since.
In 2005, Andrew played Willard in the musical “Footloose”. In 2006, he had the lead character Pippin in the musical “Pippin”. In 2007, Andrew had the lead character again when he played Joseph in the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and in his senior year, Andrew portrayed Troy Bolten, the lead character in “High School Musical”. During his middle and high school years, Andrew received many awards for solos at area school districts solo/ensemble events.
Andrew now attends school at St. Norbert’s in Green Bay, where he auditioned and became a member of the “Knights on Broadway”, a new troupe. As an ambassador for St. Norbert’s, Andrew and the other members of the “Knights on Broadway” travel to Illinois and as far away as Florida to perform for alumni members.
Andrew still enjoys performing in musicals. During his freshman year, Andrew played A-rab in the musical “West Side Story”. In his sophomore year, Andrew played the character of Gad in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
This summer he is working as a theatre technician at St. Norbert’s. That means he helps to construct sets, run lighting, create backgrounds, props and just about anything associated with setting up a production. “It’s a very nice theatre program up here,” says Ott., who is just 45 minutes from home. “I liked St. Norbert’s because you didn’t have to be a music major to participate in theatre or groups here.” Ott’s major is in history, with a minor in chemistry. He hopes to become a museum curator some day, or at least work in a museum somewhere in the Midwest.
He appreciates his roots, too. “I am thankful to Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Christ, Ms. Rupnow and Ms. Flury for all the instruction over the years. And to the parents of my friends and other students, who were always so supportive of me. I was always thankful to be encouraged like I was.”