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In the truest sense, I consider myself a theatre artist. The arts have been a part of my life for over 10 years and I started performing at an early age. By the time I was 8, my friends knew I was just a little bit different. I had the urge and drive to explore my creativity.
Shorecrest Thespians will take part in the Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase on Saturday, May 29. The Straz Center presents the Tony Awards® inspired Broadway Star of the Future showcase to honor artistic excellence in Tampa Bay area high school theater productions, programs and students. Awards and educational scholarships will be presented by the Straz Center and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
If you want proof that the Tampa Bay area high school theatre departments not only can go neck and neck with other theatre departments anywhere, but actually surpass them, then make sure to attend the next Broadway Star of the Future showcase. Some of the best talent you will ever experience is on display. This year, 43 high school productions (36 of which were musicals) and 700 participants from 31 schools from as far south as Naples and as far north as New Port Richey had been adjudicated beforehand. And two young performers would be chosen to represent the area by going to New York City later this summer and vie for the prestigious Jimmy Awards, but more about that later. (Source: www.broadwayworld.com)
The standout females of the day turned out to be Rebekah Vallejo for her hilarious rendition of "Just One Step," from Songs For a New World, and Emily Escobar for her wonderful rendition of "Easy to Say" from Alonso High's Zombie Prom. Judging from their work here (as well as their performances in the actual show, which was also adjudicated), it would be close race between these two, but Alonso's Escobar took home the Broadway Star of the Future Award for Outstanding Actress. (Like Diggs, she will also venture to New York City and the Jimmy Awards.)
In the end, Blake High School, PCCA at Gibbs High School, and Palm Harbor University High School were the big winners of the BROADWAY STAR OF THE FUTURE AWARDS. These are three of the top local schools for theatre, so for those of us who have enjoyed their productions in the past, this is not headline news. But it's so inspiring that so many local schools have joined the list, have put their productions and their young casts on the line, and are part of this magical process. Hopefully there will be even more schools involved next year. (Source: www.broadwayworld.com)