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Tyler Eisenreich Blue Star Awards Program Blue Springs, MO

How did you get into theater?

I began performing at the age of six when I was thrust into dance and tumbling by my mother. It started off with the two recitals a year that our studio would do, and then evolved into more stage time through the competitive team. The musical performances began when I was given the soundtrack to "Wicked". However these performances were seen only by the stuffed animals in my bedroom. I also occasionally would love to pull all of my family members into our basement and force them to watch me dance and sing to the entire soundtrack of Grease. Note that “Hopelessly Devoted” was always performed in my sister’s pink and purple leotard with silver sequin trim.

Tell us about your family.

My father, Jim Eisenreich, won the Major League Baseball World Series in 1997 when he played for the Florida Marlins and was also the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award in 1990. He also played for the Minnesota Twins, the Kansas City Royals, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rest of my family lives on the diamond as well. My older sister is at Missouri State University on a full ride for her abilities as centerfielder in softball, my younger brother is an excellent pitcher on his little league team and my youngest brother may still be only on a tee-ball team, but he can transport from base to base before you have time to blink. I can’t catch a ball no matter how hard I attempt to… However, my parents and my family [are] as supportive as they can [for] me and what I do.

Why is performing important to you?

I get release from this world, and yes, I mean that in the most over-dramatic and angsty way possible… Stepping into the shoes of another character, it’s as if I am given the permission to unleash my sincerity unto the other actors, the audience and initially feel it envelope bottled emotions that I keep locked in the ditches of my stomach.

Special Skills

Some piano, tossing food and catching it with my mouth, aerial tumbling, slam poetry writing

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