Thank you Kelli O'Hara and all of our Young Artists for a fabulous show!
On Friday, April 17, ten young performers from across Fairfield County gathered, living room to living room, with Tony Award®-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara for an evening of conversation and song.
Watch a replay of the livestreamed event on Facebook and YouTube.
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Talented high school students from across Fairfield County prepared, filmed, and submitted videos of songs, many of which they had hoped to perform in school musicals this spring. Ten participants and ten understudies were selected at random to participate in the showcase.
And because all the videos submitted were such a joy to watch, we created a supercut video and included it at the end of the program.
Introducing the featured young artists
During the virtual showcase, the students shared their experiences with O’Hara and perform a musical theater selection.
Emily Araujo (Norwalk)
“Gorgeous” from The Apple Tree, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Emma Rimerman (Westhill/Stamford)
“Why Not Me” from Carrie, music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Kelly Fox (Westhill/Stamford)
“Shoulders Down” by Carner & Gregor
Luke Ryan (Darien High School)
“Proud of Your Boy” from Aladdin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin
Camille Foisie (Staples/Westport)
“Right Hand Man” from Something Rotten, music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Ella Therriault (Southport)
“No One Else” from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, music and lyrics by Dave Malloy
Ryan Lynn (Wilton)
“On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Ana Rosa Sforza (Norwalk)
“There’s a Fine Line” from Avenue Q, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Emily Rooney (Norwalk)
“Safer” from First Date, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Momo Burns-Min (Weston)
“It Won’t Be Long Now” from In the Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lauren Kelly (Norwalk)
“How Could I Ever Know” from The Secret Garden, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Marsha Norman
Presenting the understudies
In addition to being ready to step in at a moment’s notice, questions submitted by our understudies were read on the air by Kelli.
Alex Arnold (New Canaan)
Sarah Chute (Norwalk)
Antonio Hernandez (Norwalk)
Joelle Singer Jensen (Greenwich)
Jamie Mann (Westport)
Robert Marcinauskis (Shelton)
Ella Miller (Trumbull)
Jessica Olexy (Bethel)
Amanda Robertson (New Canaan)
Sabrina Spraggins (Newtown)
Kelli O’Hara’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Her most recent role leading the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate earned O’Hara glowing reviews and a 2019 Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. She has countless other Broadway, regional/Off-Broadway, film, and television credits, showcasing her versatility and unequivocal talent.
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