Melanie Moore in Paris.

While actress and dancer Melanie Moore can’t get enough of Paris, she can’t wait to spend the next 16 months in the United States playing Scout in the nationwide tour of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “I’m so excited to see parts of the country that I’ve never seen before,” Moore, 30, said in a phone call from Buffalo, where the show is in rehearsal before the tour kicks off at the Boston Opera in April. 5-17. After winning the eighth season of the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ reality competition when she was just 19, Moore went on to perform on television and on stage – including three musicals. from Broadway: “Finding Neverland” (she created the role of Peter Pan), “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Hello Dolly!” Rereading “To Kill a Mockingbird” after 15 years, Moore said she was amazed not only by author Harper Lee’s “ability to create such a living world”, but by the story of Tom Robinson, a man black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. “I found it so relevant. If you change some details, it could be a story from today’s headlines, [which is] so deeply sad. She praised Aaron Sorkin, who adapted the book for this stage production, for “giving bigger voices” to Robinson and Calpurnia. [the Finch family’s Black housekeeper]. “It’s not the movie and it’s not the book either. … It is based on [them] and I think people are going to be surprised,” the Marietta, Georgia native said. “There’s so much joy and so much laughter, and then there’s also so much heartbreak and I think we still have a lot to learn from this story.” We caught up with Moore, who lives in New York with her boyfriend, actor Roe Hartrampf (who recently played Prince Charles in the Broadway musical “Diana: The Musical,” a performance of which is streaming on Netflix) and their mini golden doodle, Pippa, to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation destination? Paris because I have a passion for baking and shopping. Plus, how not to spend time in the most romantic city in the world?

Favorite food or drink while on vacation? Pretty much anything carb-ous. I don’t think it’s a word, but you got it. I have a wheat allergy so I can’t have wheat here in the US. But when I go to Paris, I can eat wheat and it doesn’t upset my stomach because the wheat there isn’t processed the same way –– they don’t use GMOs [genetically modified organisms] process their wheat. It’s such a liberating feeling. Really, when I’m there, I walk around with a croissant and two baguettes in my bag at all times.

Where would you like to travel but haven’t? I have so many places I want to travel but haven’t done it yet. Top of my list are Peru and Italy. Peru for ruins, hiking, history, nature – all of it. Italy for food, wine and culture.

An item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I rarely go without my dog, Pippa. While on tour, and I know this may sound crazy, but I travel with my Breville espresso machine so I can make my perfect oatmeal cappuccino every morning.

Aisle or window? The window. I have mild flight anxiety, so seeing out the window helps me relax during a flight. Well, that and a gin and tonic.

Best childhood travel memory? My mother drove my sister and me to the [Pacific Coast Highway] from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a Chrysler Sebring convertible – I’ll never forget this – on vacation from school, when I was 12 years old. My sister and I had just lost our father and it was our first time in California on this great adventure, and it was a great bonding moment for the three of us. It was so special and after such a loss it brought so much joy to all of us.

Guilty pleasure while traveling? Purchases. The holidays feel like a special occasion and I can easily convince myself that I must have something – or a lot of things – to remember the trip.

Best travel tip? Plan a trip that you want to take and that you think is really fun. I feel like we see all these cool influencers traveling and having great adventures, so when I go on vacation I’m always tempted to go to Instagram-friendly places and be active – but sometimes that what I really need and want is rest and silence. A vacation can be a trip to a hotel in your own city or a trip to the Maldives, but by the end you should feel energized – not exhausted and like you’ve created a whole lot of content for Instagram.

JULIETTE PENNINGTON