Tell us a little about yourself - ‘cos we’re nosey like that.
I’ve adored musical theatre for as long as I can remember, however I started performing with amateur companies in my local area when I was 10 years old. I’ve since studied singing privately and also performing arts at Stratford-Upon-Avon College, as well as participating in a variety of other amateur performances and workshops.
have to say one of the dairymaids as they’re just hilarious! I have a real soft spot for Marian in particular as she’s such good fun.
What was the challenge of recording “The Wrong Side Of The Door” – now available to buy at tessthemusical.com/store (just sayin’) – compared to performing it live on stage?
On stage it was very easy to get caught up in the acting and emotions as there was a live audience reacting to me, so once I was confident and comfortable with the vocals I could really do what I felt would work (within reason!) with the acting. Recording in the studio was a great experience as I not only got to focus on making the singing sound good, but I also got to work with the writers on how they wanted it performed, which was incredible.
What’s your favourite song in the show?
Both to listen to and perform, it has to be Quartet. I’m absolutely obsessed with harmony and always have been, so when I first heard it I was hugely excited to get started. I’m also a major perfectionist, which made it so much more rewarding when we got the piece perfectly as it really felt we were doing justice to the gorgeous music.
As Tess is asked in the show, so I’ll ask you. Have you ever put your head against a cow’s behind?
Unfortunately in the time since Tess has finished I haven’t had chance to get to that yet! Could be a potential fun day trip with the dairymaids though.
Jessie-Mae Thomas was in conversation with Tess administrator Scott Collins.
Jessie's recording of The Wrong Side Of The Door is now available to download
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FROM STUDIO TO STAGE
HOW WAS IT FOR YOU?
MASTER AT WORK
INTERVIEW WITH A COMPOSER
ANOTHER MICHAEL'S STORY
THE LAST 5 MONTHS
LONDON STUDIO DAYS
A DAIRYMAID'S DIARY
IN THE STUDIO WITH TAM MUTU
THE ADVENTURE ROLLS ON
IT'S PRE-PRODUCTION TIME!
WHERE ARE ALL THE D'BLOGS?
A HERSTORY (THE FINAL PHASE)
A HERSTORY (PHASE THE 4TH)
THE LYRICIST SPEAKS
RECORDING TESS - THE SINGER
A HERSTORY (PHASE THE 3RD)
A HERSTORY (PHASE THE 2ND)
A HERSTORY (PHASE THE 1ST)
REVIEWS & REVELATIONS
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ALEC
ONE HELLO IS HOW IT STARTS