Noah Osborne is currently a sophomore in Valor Voice and Valor’s Conservatory for musical theatre. You can always find him on stage performing with the biggest smile on his face. In fact, come to think of it, Noah never fails to wear a smile. While he was interviewed, every word he spoke was said so happily.
“I am the happiest when I am performing. When I’m on stage I feel completely at peace. There’s no other place I’d rather be.”
Noah especially has an enormous love for the musical theatre class he has the opportunity to be in. It is for conservatory students only, so it is a huge honor for him to be a part of something so special.
“The musical theatre class has been by far the best part of all of my experiences with musical theatre. It’s so amazing to get to work with all the talented people in the class. The teachers all have a great heart for teaching their students to be better performers, and better people.”
In the class, students regularly get to practice different musical pieces and styles of dance. Each student performs in front of the others and they all get feedback on how to improve. Noah recently got to perform “Some Kinda Time” from Dogfight with the musical theater class. He got to watch a recording of the performance and it was incredibly helpful for him to see where he and his classmates can improve.
“I love to get better and work on my weaknesses with acting, singing, dancing and performing. Being a part of the conservatory helps me improve those weaknesses. Being able to do that, makes me even more thankful to be in the Conservatory.”
When Noah was about nine years old, he decided to be in Les Misérables with a high school. He wanted to do it because his older sister, Grace, was participating. He was a part of the ensemble, and this was his first time performing in full production.
“It was really fun to get to do Les Misérables and see people work their hardest to pull off a show. That’s when I realized I wanted to do [musical theatre].”
Noah, like every other performer, struggles with jealousy, he admits. Although it can be painful and frustrating at times, it is a good motivator for him to work harder. Noah was home schooled up until he began attending Valor as a freshman, and did not expect the level of talent and work ethic that other performers had to offer. It was tough at first, but he allowed himself to be humbled by it, he said.
“I strive for healthy comparison, not envy. What I am gifted with is not the same as others. Being jealous will only hurt my self-esteem and harm my craft.”
Noah has a pleasant and optimistic view of his future as far as his art goes. He is committed to continually learning and growing more as an artist. He will always be up for any challenge.
“I don’t know exactly where I see my art taking me. There currently is no plan as to what I want to do with it, but I know it’s something that I always want to hold on to. If I can’t have it as a career, I want to make sure I can have it live on through my kids. I never want to stop enjoying it.
Noah wants to inspire others to be better like those who have inspired him. Although he has no plan set in stone for his future, he knows one thing for sure: “My ultimate goal is to glorify God with my gifts.”