by Jennifer Frakes | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

Singing Sensation

faces_miller2When Alexandria Miller was four years old, she took her first singing class and was hooked. “At first it was a hobby, but then I performed as a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz with Encore Youth Theatre. It was my first ever community theater show, and it forever changed my life. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” revealed Alexandria. Throughout elementary, middle school, high school, and now college, Alexandria has performed in many productions, including Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast (she played Belle), and The Beat Goes On. She currently attends Vanguard University in Orange County and is pursuing her dreams as a musical theater major.

Alexandria is pouring her heart and soul into her musical theater studies. Although her schedule is hectic and admittedly a bit crazy, she loves every minute of it. “I have been given the opportunity to study all aspects of theater, including technical, performance, directing, make-up, and costume design, as well as movement and dance,” said Alexandria, who received many scholarships and awards, both from Vanguard itself and from the local community. She was also recently accepted into the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany, a rigorous musical theater program that will put Alexandria on the doorstep of Broadway in Europe.

Name: Alexandria Miller (19)
Community: Carlsbad 
Hobbies: Singing, musical theater, outdoor activities
Favorite Spots in Carlsbad: Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center, Tamarack Beach

A 2013 Carlsbad High School graduate, Alexandria credits her loving parents and supportive Carlsbad community for giving her the confidence to attend Vanguard and study musical theater. She has been and continues to be an active member of the community, understanding the importance of giving back. She has performed the national anthem at the Carlsbad Police Memorial Run several years in a row, and she hopes to continue to support the event even while she is away at college. Alexandria has many other volunteer endeavors, including helping out at women’s shelters, senior centers, retirement homes, and preschools. Her dedication to community service goes back to her kindergarten days when she began her journey as a Girl Scout. “I was in Girl Scouts, Troop 1019, from kindergarten through my senior year. I completed my Gold Award, a soccer safety video, by my junior year. I am a life-time Girl Scout member,” related Alexandria proudly.

Although spare time is hard to come by for this busy performer, volunteer, and college student, with any free moments she does have she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and finding new songs to sing. “For me singing is all I really need to keep me occupied and happy,” exclaimed this enthusiastic and talented singer, dancer, and actor.