Last night's gig for the non profit, Humanity Now featuring Broadway performers from The New Paradigm Theatre went well. I performed with Fred Rose, Kate Chapman and Jerold Goldstein (as performer and accompanist) but also the four girls from the Youth Board. Kelsey Llewellyn, Shaina Arsenault, Shay LaRusso and Shelby Vetare!
They were adorable in Freddy My Love (from Grease) and since one of the themes of Humanity Now is giving young people the chance to learn through service, I created another number that featured each of them in snippets showing how the Arts can also provide service. Shaina danced on toe shoes to Waltz of the Flowers, Kelsey sang a bit of Think of Me classically and Shay sang a musical theatre number from Spelling Bee called, "I speak six languages". They were a hit of course!
They also have their new NPT Youth T-shirts. Below are some pix from the event that Nathan (also in our Youth Board, who was our "freddy" at the end of the girls' number) took from backstage.
This Friday we will feature them again for the United Way's Gala entitled "Broadway at the Beach" Fred, Gwendolyn, Bret, Jerold and I will be joined by the youth board's singing waiters as well as the Freddy My Love girls, and our college interns who will be presenting Live Commercials during the show for the three sponsors.
Jake Oswell wrote all the commercials. He's a creative student of mine at Hartt and he, Cori and Stepahnie will be acting in those "commercials". So in addition to Beachy songs by the Broadway folks, we will have the live commercials, singing waiters, and a lot of audience participation.
See pix below of last night's event!