Foster Machicote, a sophomore dramatic arts student at UNC Chapel Hill, is more than the average student. In addition to spending hours in the library, Machicote spends hours in the theater, rehearsing for performances in hopes of one day making a career on Broadway.
Machicote's favorite part of performing is "the singing and dancing. It makes me feel so alive to be up on stage dancing for a crowd," he said.
Machicote became involved in theater in middle school through a crush. "At the time, I hadn't had any experience with singing or dancing because I was a three season athlete. But because of this girl, I found myself auditioning for the musical, landing a role in the show, and acquiring a passion for the performing arts," Machicote said. In October, he held a lead as "Richie" in UNC Pauper Players' fall production of A Chorus Line. Here, he is shown with his co-stars (left to right): Marques Wilson, Molly Miller, Catherine Shocket, Michael Kovasala, and Sami Schneider.
"My favorite line had to be, 'I'm half white, a quarter black, and a quarter hispanic', which I actually am," Machicote said.
Machicote had several solos within A Chorus Line, including one in "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love", that highlighted his diverse talents of singing, dancing, and acting. "My favorite thing about performing is that I get to create and express myself in ways that I would've never thought possible. It's an entertainment industry, and throughout the performance, the audience becomes more aware of who you are...or so they think. Being able to become a completely different person, and having the audience believe that that is the real you... Well it's the biggest compliment that anyone could give a performer," Machicote said.
Machicote was the star of the number, "Montage: Gimme the Ball", (pictured here with cast members, left to right: Dale Bass, Sami Schneider, and Kyle Strickenberger) about his character getting a scholarship to college for sports. This was ironic, as Machicote also received athletic scholarship offers as a high school student. "I didn't do it because I didn't want to spend my time playing three sports. I was tired of getting up early in the morning and only doing that. I wanted to do what I loved--performing."
While sitting on his bed and practicing guitar, Machicote said that singing is one of his favorite things to do, even outside a musical theater setting. "I just like the way it feels, expressing myself in that way. It makes me happy."
"I love that people can become emotionally invested in the things that I do. But the best part of all of this, is that I'm having fun and I'm living, laughing, loving and learning. I'm aspiring to inspire before I expire." said Machicote.
One day, Machicote hopes to land a role on Broadway. His favorite show is The Lion King, which he described as "oh my god, just really, really amazing." He has a poster across from his bed signed by the Broadway cast. "It's just so inspiring that people can get that far; it's what I'm aiming for."
As for the cast of A Chorus Line, Machicote said, "I can honestly say that this has been the best cast I've ever worked with. From the very beginning, everyone was incredibly open and accepting. It didn't take long for us to become a family, and even after the show, I still consider them my closest family at UNC." Even through the auditions, rehearsals, long nights of tech week, and balancing it all with studying, Machicote said it has always been worth it, best expressed by the famous song lyric in A Chorus Line, "won't forget, can't regret what I did for love."