BW's 'rising star' displays many facets
The few dozen people that braved the cold, snowy night to attend the “Catch a Rising Star” performance on Jan. 23 at Porter Library were richly rewarded. Lauren Gronvall provided a skillful performance while singing sweet, hot, naughty and nice.
Gronvall, a Baldwin Wallace music theater major, performed her senior recital, which she titled “Flash, Bam, Curtain.” Her self-produced program clearly displayed the musical theater expertise acquired during her years at BW.
This aspiring star’s priceless qualities include a warm friendliness, a bright smile, an expressive face and an excitement for performing her material. If Gronvall’s opening rendition of "Out of the Blue" did not completely captivate the audience, her follow-up with "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend" achieved that goal.
Gronvall’s renderings have the ability to make the listener feel the emotion of the song, as in her very pretty and well done performance of "With You." She displayed her stage presence well with other selections, which included "Sooner or Later," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Simple" and "Listen to My Heart."
Following her performance, Gronvall graciously answered questions from the audience showing an ease of manner and a sense of humor. She expressed appreciation and praise to Mark Graham, who accompanied her on the piano. Graham responded it is easy to do his job when working with a talented performer.
Each spring, the BW music theater program, which is highly competitive and selective, arranges for seniors to perform their recitals in New York to an audience of agents and producers. This is the second year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council has worked with BW to present the performance of a talented, well trained “rising star” at Porter Library.
Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council