Sometimes there comes along a student whose loveliness is so great (and yet understated) that it simply must be shared. Eloisa Newcomb is that gal.
A senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, Eloisa recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk about her “stage life.” As an actress, a musician, a dancer and a choreographer, Eloisa maintains a long list of talents that have made STA’s theater and music programs blossom. As one can tell from her responses, Eloisa is an authentic representation of all things sweet.
How long have you been acting? Dancing? Singing?
I have been dancing for 10 years, acting for four and singing for three.
Of those three activities, which is your favorite? Why?
Out of the three, it is hard to decide which one is my favorite because I love doing each of them; they are all beautiful in their own ways. If I had to choose just one, I would pick dancing. I have stuck with it for the longest time and, whenever I dance, I kind of escape for a little while and let the music take over. I just really love to dance. I guess that is why I started choreography, because I want others to love dancing as much as I do.
You choreographed scenes in last year’s STA production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Do you choreograph often? From where does this unique talent come and how do you find inspiration for your dance steps?
I did choreograph the “Wizard of Oz”! I haven’t done any choreography outside of school (yet) but I did some for our class skit during Spirit Week sophomore year. Later that year, I choreographed a tap/musical theatre piece for “Step in Time” from the Spring Musical “Mary Poppins.” I’d like to say that my dancing ability not only comes from my old studio, Brixham Danceworks, but also from my mom. I remember growing up always seeing her dance – whether at a party or in the kitchen making dinner, she’s usually dancing. Some of my inspiration comes from movies, past routines, or things I see online but I’d say my mom has always been my greatest source of inspiration.
In what theatrical productions outside of STA have you been a part?
This is the first year I have started acting outside of school. I was cast as Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth. It was a great takeaway and I loved every moment of it.
You’re a senior. What have you most enjoyed about your time at STA?
What I have most enjoyed at STA has been finding my true friends and discovering my love for music along the way. I thank God for having such wonderful friends and, looking back from freshman year, it is amazing how things have turned out.
Also, without the help of music teacher Mrs. LaForce, I don’t really know where I’d be. If I hadn’t started music sophomore year, I would never have auditioned for the musical or the play, never would have choreographed anything, never would have gone to All-State, never would have joined Chamber Choir or Jazz Choir, and most definitely would not have auditioned for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I don’t know where I would be without her guidance.”
What would you like to be “when you grow up?”
My future plans aren’t quite clear yet but I’m okay with that. I just have to trust God and see where life takes me.
Thank you, Eloisa, for the many, many gifts you have shared with St. Thomas Aquinas. We look forward to following you and your future journey every step of the way.