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Finding success on Twin Cities stages

Kersten Rodau, a well-known performer in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul theater scene and a UW-Eau Claire graduate, was recently featured in a story. In the article, she talks about coming to UW-Eau Claire because of its strong music program, and then discovering a passion for musical theater that she's used to build a successful career in the Twin Cities.

Rodau was studying music in vocal performance with plans to become an opera singer when she was cast as Cinderella in "Into the Woods" during her senior year of college, she says in the story. It was during that production that she fell in love with musical theater and decided to pursue it as a career.

After earning her degree in music in vocal performance from UW-Eau Claire, she moved to the Twin Cities, where she's been happily and constantly working in theater ever since.

Most recently, Rodau was among the cast members in the Ordway Center's Broadway Songbook series, a series that shares the stories behind popular musical theater songs. You will find her on stage this summer at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul as Gloria Thorpe in "Damn Yankees" and as Ruth in "The Pirates of Penzance."

Read Kersten Rodau's BWW interview here