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Dancer gets to explore in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ sequel
Published Saturday, August 18, 2018 11:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Chelsey Acre is in the cast of “Love Never Dies,” which runs Sept. 11-16 at Belk Theater.

Every day is a different rabbit hole for Chelsey Arce.

A self-described “artistic Alice living in her own Wonderland,” she returns to Charlotte for the third time on tour next month.  “Love Never Dies” runs Sept. 11-16 at Belk Theater, less than eight months after the show it serves as a sequel to, “The Phantom of the Opera,” took the same stage. Arce will perform as a member of the ensemble.  

“As a performer, every day is kind of a different day,” she said. “Whether you’re in a job or not, you never really know what is going to come of it, and very much like ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ she is always exploring. She gets to a path, and the Cheshire Cat provides her with wisdom and direction. I just feel like one day you could not be on Broadway, and the next you could have a Broadway show. It really depends on the path and the choices that you make. Especially traveling the country, there are so many people that you get to meet, and so many different avenues that you get to explore, whether that is in the theater, or outside the theater. I always felt like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is the perfect parallel to the life of a performer, because it really is this other world that you live in, that a lot of people don’t understand, but love to look at, and go, ‘wow, isn’t that such a glamorous life?’ The same thing with Wonderland—it looks so beautiful, but it’s very complicated to navigate through. Whether you are on Broadway, or you’re on a tour, it’s never as easy as it looks.”

Life on stage last lured Arce to the Queen City in 2014 with the first national tour of “Evita.” She also performed in Charlotte with the first national of “Memphis.”

“I’m excited to come back again,” Arce said. “It’s nice to know a familiar town. It happens when you tour the country three times.”  

A native of Connecticut, Arce pursued gymnastics until age 13. Too tall to continue with the sport, she found her place in dance, studying with companies such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, before earning a degree in dance performance from the Boston Conservatory.

“The thing about being in the theater is that there is constantly an exploration of who you are,” Arce said. “Essentially you are being a character on stage, but you also get to bring part of yourself on stage. That’s one of the things that I look back on, and I love that I got to be a gymnast. I love that I took the transition, because I get to share a bit of myself on stage every night, instead of just doing a technical routine. There’s not really a personality sharing moment in a gymnastics routine. The coolest thing is when I look back, and I’m bowing on stage, and I think, ‘I just shared a part of me.’”

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