Community Spotlight: Madison Scarbrough
Petaluma High School Alum
Madison Scarbrough, Petaluma High School Class of 2010, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 with a BFA in acting. Scarbrough discovered her passion for acting when she was still a student at Petaluma High School. As Scarbrough recalls, "Freshman year in high school they were doing "The Tempest" and they needed a couple more people, so I just showed up after school and it went from there."
All it took for Scarbrough to find her passion was the chance to be in productions. "I really can't pinpoint what got me into theater. All I know is that I love it. I love performing and pretending I'm somebody else for a little while. It's stressful, but it's extremely satisfying when you open a show or show a scene you've been working on for weeks. And that's what got me into theater in high school. I found something that I loved and that I was good at."
The most recent play Scarbrough participated in was "Mamma Mia" with Mountain Play Association, which performed at the Mount Tamalpais outdoor amphitheater. Other recent performances were "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," as Edwin Drood, with Marin Onstage; and "Little Women the Musical," as Amy March, with Spreckels Theater Company.
When asked if she had a message for the community at large, Scarbrough replied, "Support the arts. Humanity needs art to thrive. Sciences and math are important, but there's something that the human condition needs to thrive and art helps. Tell the stories you want to hear. Keep trying even when you're told no. Don't be afraid to take a break and come back with a fresh mind. And if there's nothing out there for you, then create it."
You can find Scarbrough performing in plays around Sonoma County, including the upcoming "Cabaret," as Frenchie, with Cinnabar Theater; "Room Service," with Raven Performing Arts Theater in 2019, in which she will portray Hilda Manney; and "Young Frankenstein," as Elizabeth Benning, with Raven Performing Arts Theater in 2019.