Girl of the Week: Carrie Manolakos

Carrie was born and raised in Upstate New York, in the snowy city of Syracuse. Family sources say she was singing before she could talk. However, It was the Syracuse Children’s Chorus that provided her first semi-professional arena. With the SCC, Carrie received her first serious vocal training and traveled globally to Holland, Belgium, and China. Lessons learned during this chapter of her life include the ability to sight-read, harmonize and to properly tie a plaid neckerchief.

The next stop was Syracuse Stage where she was cast in their production of A Butterfinger’s Angel. Carrie was bitten by the acting bug and has never sought a cure.  Carrie continued her involvement in high school and community theater productions amidst soccer and gymnastics competitions, voice lessons, dance classes. When it was time for this little fish to find her pond, Carrie set her sights on NYU Tisch Collaborative Arts Project(CAP21) for training. While at NYU, Carrie was a member (and president) of the internationally ranked a capella group N’Harmonics.

In the summer before Carrie’s senior year at NYU, Carrie was cast in the national tour of Mamma Mia! For the next year and a half, Carrie toured with this wonderful company throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, gaining valuable experience and having more fun than she could possibly describe.

In the spring of 2007, Carrie left Mamma Mia! returning to the city to finish up her degree. Since returning to New York, Carrie has performed in a number of concerts and cabarets and done several reading for new musicals including The Addams Family, The First Wives Club, Children of Eden and Factory Girls. In the fall of 2007 She briefly returned to the Mamma Mia! tour for 6 weeks, and in the spring of 2008 was offered the part of Sophie on Broadway.

Shortly after leaving Mamma Mia, Carrie joined the 2nd National Tour of Wicked, where she is currently the Elphaba Standby.

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