Spectrum is very excited to feature Dalton Letta as April 2017’s student of the month. Dalton has been performing since 2006, when he first appeared as the reporter Phineous Trout in a production of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. He’s drawn to performing not by the spotlight, but by the opportunity to express himself.
“I just love performing,” he says. “I don’t want to do it for the fame or the fortune. I want to show people that I can do things out in the world that they can do as well.”
In the following clip, Dalton sings a section of “Music Of The Night,” the famously haunting ballad performed by the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Although there are many roles he’d love to one day play, if Dalton had to pick one he would choose The Phantom. The character’s depth, uniqueness, and illusive nature appealed to Dalton, making it his all-time dream role.
He’s no stranger to starring roles; you may recognize his powerful voice and vivid expression from his recent performance as the Beast in Artists Unlimited’s November 2016 production of Beauty and the Beast, composed by Alan Menken. After playing this role and seeing the recently released Disney adaptation, Dalton wonders: if given the opportunity to play the role again, would Alan Menken consider including both of the Beasts iconic solos: “If I Can’t Love Her” from the stage musical, and “Evermore” from the Disney adaptation? (If you’re reading Mr. Menken, we’re all for it!)
When he’s not rehearsing or performing, he loves studying history. Dalton jokes that talking with him is “like talking to Wikipedia.” Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, Dalton. We’re proud to feature you as April 2017’s Student of the Month!