Lillie Eliza Thomas puts heart and sincerity into the characters she portrays. “It’s our job as storytellers to dive in and breathe life into the characters. When we tell their stories and give them a voice, we bring the audience along for the ride,” says this starry-eyed dreamer.
Lillie’s love of music was gifted to her at a very young age by her father, who introduced her to her idols, Jessye Norman, Aretha Franklin, Kathleen Battle, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Audra McDonald, Barbara Streisand, and Judy Garland. One of her earliest memories is listening to Respect by Aretha Franklin in the car with her family. Even then she could feel the power of Aretha’s soul exuding through her voice and her music. She knew that one day she wanted to be able to share in that power and share it with others. When Lillie was four years old, she sang her first solo performance at school and has never stopped singing since.
At eight years old, she extended her love of music by learning to play the piano and began accompanying classmates in duets for competitions and orchestral performances.
At 16, she started her operatic studies in private lessons while working on her Environmental Engineering Bachelor’s degree. While working on her MS EnvE., Lillie participated in the Opera Workshop curriculum at the University of Central Florida. Her countless years of private studies prepared her for the local theatre scene, where she made her debut as a Stepp Sister in the Central Florida production of Dreamgirls in 2016. Since then, the stage has continued to be her home away from home.
When Lillie is not on the stage, she is a professional Environmental Engineer for a notable consulting company in Orlando, Florida tackling and managing tough projects for major clients.