Madison’s Avenue to Stardom!
Young & Talented & Having a Ball on Broadway!
From the time she could first speak, Madison would announce to the world: “I want to be on Brawgway!” By the age of 11, she was doing just that, starring in Matilda on the Great White Way. Recently, Madison was featured in Downtown Ramsey Magazine and shared her experiences about her journey and her life on Broadway.
Downtown Ramsey: Broadway at the age of 11! That is amazing. When did you first realize that you wanted to be on stage?
Madison: For as long as I can remember. When I was two, we went to see my uncle in a show. My mom had to move me to the back of the audience, because I kept saying I wanted to be up there dancing with him. She was so scared I would actually run right onto the stage! I guess you can say I’ve loved every minute of being on stage right from my very first dance recital. My grandmother owns a dance studio-The King Centre. That’s where I got my start. I joined the dance company at five and went on to win numerous dance competitions. I really enjoyed being part of their annual Nutcracker show.
Downtown Ramsey: Your family is involved in the theater world. How does that influence you as a young actor?
Madison: My mom was a Rockette and also on Broadway. My uncles have been in Broadway shows, plays and even Cirque du Soleil. I think it has influenced me because I’m inspired by all of their different experiences. And my mom has always given me great advice. She has taught me to do what makes me happy and told me I can do anything I want as long as I work hard and believe in myself.
And then I was on Broadway! I was so excited! I had always dreamed of being on Broadway and to have it become real gave me goosebumps! I was on a national tour of Matilda when a spot opened up for me on Broadway this past October! It was incredible and I loved every minute of it! I joined as a small swing girl, covering the roles of Lavender and Amanda. My favorite part of being in the show was playing multiple roles and being around very supportive and loving people.
Downtown Ramsey: Matilda closed on Jan. 1st, so what’s next for Madison Smith?
Madison: Right now I’m filming a movie where I’m a principal ballerina, but I can’t say what it is yet. Stay tuned! Other than that I would love to do more musicals and maybe even be on the Disney Channel! I don’t have a “dream role” yet-I’ll see what the future holds. As long as I get to spend time with my friends and family, play soccer and dance close to home, I’m happy! It has been a great ride so far!