Miami’s Schreer enjoys first national tour with Hadestown

By Lee J. Green

Fate might have played a small role in leading Hannah Schreer to playing one of the Fates in the traveling Broadway production of the “Hadestown” musical.

The 2019 Tony-award-winning musical comes to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex March 19 to 24.

“It really is a dream to be a part of such a beloved show and to be able to travel to new places across North America,” said Schreer, who is from Miami. “Hadestown is such a beautiful folk musical (fused with New Orleans-inspired jazz) and unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s truly an honor to do this show every day.”

Schreer went to an all-Jewish preschool with “several people from our class who are involved in the arts.” She started doing theatre in elementary school at the Miami Children’s Theatre and she knew from a young age this was something she wanted to do for a living.

“I’m so lucky to have supportive parents,” she said. “They let me go to the New World School of the Arts and work their schedules to accommodate.”

Schreer would go on to earn a degree in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. Not long after graduating, she auditioned for the “Hadestown” traveling Broadway production.

She didn’t get a role the first go-around and would go on to do other shows, including “Come Fall in Love” at The Old Globe theatre in San Diego and “Cinderella” at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pa.

While she was working on “Love,” “Hadestown” called her to audition again. “This time the shoe fit perfectly,” said Schreer, who joined the tour in Los Angeles this past October. “All the hard work and the auditioning had come into fruition.”

She said she is honored to be in a production that is written and directed by women. Celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell wrote the music, lyrics and book. Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin directs “Hadestown.”

“Anais and Rachel are just so brilliant,” said Schreer. “They have created such a moving, important story about love, nature and perseverance.”

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice along with that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — “Hadestown” invites audiences on a journey to the underworld and back.

Schreer said her parents came to the tour launch show in Los Angeles and when it came to Ft. Lauderdale. Her visit to Birmingham will be her first.

“I’m looking forward to coming down there and experiencing the community,” she said. “Being on this national tour is a great opportunity to see new cities and meeting new people.”

The “Hadestown” tour wraps up in May. Schreer is not sure what she will do next, but she does have one thing on her agenda in the near future.

“It’s my goal to go on a Birthright Israel trip and have my Bat Mitzvah there,” she said.