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Meet Ginna Claire Mason, Nashville-born Broadway Actress

This week’s Tastemaker, Ginna Claire Mason, is a Nashville-born Broadway actress who has enchanted audiences with her performances as Glinda The Good Witch in "Wicked" and in Hallmark’s "A Holiday Spectacular". Her love for the world of theater blossomed at a young age, and eventually led to her dream of playing the role of Glinda. It all started when she confided in her mother during a performance with the original cast, telling her that she would one day play the role herself. Since then, she’s brought her own unique magic to every role, proving herself to be a true theatrical force.

Ginna wears the Cecily Mini Dress

Tell us about yourself!

Hi! My name is Ginna Claire! I’m a Nashville native that moved to New York after college to pursue a BIG dream. 

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in musical theater, and when did you first know performing was your passion?

My parents raised me on the music theatre classics like My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, Cats, etc. So I have always loved the story telling medium and got involved in community theaters from a young age. When I wasn’t doing a drama camp or a local production, I would recruit my three brothers to help me stage performances in my living room- bless them! The first Broadway show I ever saw was Les Miserables. I’ll never forget it. I sat in row K at the Imperial Theatre, and told my mom at intermission that I wanted to be an actor someday. A couple years later, I had the good fortune of seeing the original cast of Wicked, and told my parents at intermission that I was going to play Glinda someday! There was a lot that happened between that moment and when I got to actually take my turn in the bubble- many regional theatre productions, rigorous training, and, of course, rejection. But I am so honored I got my chance to step into Glindy girl’s sparkly shoes at the Gershwin.

Follow Ginna on Instagram @ginnaclaire

You’ve had the opportunity to play some iconic roles on Broadway, such as Glinda in Wicked. Can you tell us about how you prepared for this roles and what it feels like to bring the character to life on stage?

Growing up I took singing, and acting, and dancing lessons. For college, I went to Elon to pursue a BFA in Music Theatre. Since moving to New York, I found my incredible voice teacher, Deric Rosenblatt. Just because you’re a professional doesn’t mean you ever stop training! 

What appealed to me about Glinda at a young age- the gorgeous gowns and spunky songs- shifted over the years. I grew to admire her strength, her heartfelt actions, and dynamic journey through Oz. I even believe my “version” of Glinda grew and changed over the years that I got to play the character. I think casting does an amazing job of hiring girls that will respect the integrity of the original direction and that they also trust to bring the best version of themselves to the role. 

Can you speak to the importance of representation and inclusivity in theater, and how you hope to see the industry evolve in the coming years? 

We live in a big, beautiful world and theater should be a reflection of that. Without the vibrancy and representation of all backgrounds and cultures and communities in the industry, we lose much of the transformative power of storytelling. I hope to see theater evolve to a place where representation and inclusivity is no longer notable because it is simply the norm.

You've been a part of some amazing productions and worked alongside some incredibly talented performers. Is there a particular role or production that stands out as being especially memorable or meaningful for you? 

Wicked was definitely a life-long dream come true! But more recently I starred in a Hallmark movie called A Holiday Spectacular! I worked alongside some amazing actors including Ann-Margret, Carolyn McCormick, and Eve Plumb. I also loved that it was a period piece! The story is set in 1957, and I had the opportunity to dance alongside REAL Radio City Rockettes! I am newer to working on film, so I tried to be a sponge and learn everything I could from this thrilling, challenging opportunity! 

 What projects are you currently involved in / have coming up?

 I just filmed something brand new that I am very excited about. I can’t share specifics yet, but soon enough!

 What is your favorite Broadway show at the moment?

I can’t get enough of MJthe Musical. I have seen it four times. Myles Frost’s performance is not to be missed. 

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

Everything! I love that the materials are very high quality. The style is classic, timeless. The items I own are pieces I will want to wear again and again. 

How does wearing your Mestiza piece make you feel?
This dress in particular made me feel happy and beautiful. I am 8 months pregnant, so that is high praise for a dress! I love the pattern, and how flowy and fun the silhouette is. Catch me in this look all Spring and Summer!

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