Before we meet the panel, an important announcement:
Now that we’re done with that….
As promised, it’s time to meet the student panelists on our June 30 panel discussion.
Coming to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lauren Manna.
Lauren Manna is a musical theatre student from Minneapolis, MN. She studies voice with [my Speakeasy Cooperative colleague] Jerry Elsbernd, with whom she has won the State and North Central Regional NATS, and is currently a National Quarterfinalist. She also is an NSDA speech student, and will make her second NSDA nationals appearance this June. Some of her favorite roles she has played include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Rusty in Footloose! Theatre is a huge part of Lauren’s life, and she is so excited to continue her musical theatre education at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee this fall.
Iyana Johnson will be an incoming freshman at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, studying vocal performance and music production. She identifies as a mezzo soprano (but her teacher, my MDDC colleague Alyssa Amber Cox, calls her a “baby contralto”) and she has been studying music “classically” for the last 5 years. Iyana has a particular interest in exploring spirituals and African American song, which she hopes to focus on in her studies at B-W.
Our final student panelist is Olive DeVille of Towson, Maryland.
Olive DeVille recently graduated from Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where she was a Vocal Music student. Over the past 4 years she enjoyed performing in local community theatre, performing in shows such as Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Newsies, The Music Man, Hello Dolly!, and studying voice and dance. In the fall, she will be attending Long Island University as a BFA Musical Theatre student. Olive is a student of Christine Thomas-O’Meally at Mezzoid Voice Studio (why, that’s ME!)