Dispel winter gray: catch 'Rising Stars'

Alyssa Thompson, pianist, who studies music direction at Baldwin Wallace University.

For the fifth year, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre in Recital.” This year’s musical program takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, and features the talents of two Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre students.

The vocal and dancing talents of Dan Hoy will be showcased by the piano accompaniment of Alyssa Thompson. Hoy is a third-year Music Theatre student. His performance credits include "West Side Story," "Saturday Night Fever", "A Chorus Line," "Pippin" and "Cabaret." He was the featured dancer with NBC in the 85th and 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.

Thompson studies music direction in the Music Theatre program, with emphasis in conducting and composition. Recently she worked on "West Side Story" at BW and last summer Thompson directed music at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. On weekends this BW senior, who is from Connecticut, works at Broadway Buddies, a theatre camp for children with speical needs. 

Following their performance, Hoy and Thompson will answer questions from the audience regarding their work and their experience as students of the prestigious Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre.

The Feb. 21 "Catch a Rising Star" performance is offered FREE to the community by the WWAC. This opportunity to enjoy young, talented performers embodies the WWAC mission to provide the community with an enhanced and broadened cultural life that will promote awareness, education and involvement in the arts.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.07.2017