I am so grateful to have been invited to participate and perform in a very fun and inspiring violin program at the Heifetz Institute PEG in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I have been working with faculty members from Juilliard and The Manhattan School of Music as well as other talented young musicians. I am making new friends and enjoying chamber music, fiddling - and still finding time to audition for Broadway and film and practice my other instruments!
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 was my final day at School of Rock, and like most of the original cast-members before me, I have finally graduated from "Horace Green Prep". I've had the most amazing time being a part of Broadway's School of Rock and I'm grateful to everyone that helped me along the way. From rehearsals at New 42 to meeting Andrew Lloyd Webber, Laurence Connor, JoAnn Hunter, Ethan Popp and Glenn Slater -- to the Tony Awards, Good Morning America, the Thanksgiving Day parade, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand and much more, it has been an incredible dream I've lived for 20+ months. Special thanks to four of my mentors, David Ruttura, Patrick O'Neill, Lulu Lloyd and Darren Ledbetter from whom I have learned so much about music, acting and dancing. I have made a lifelong family. Here are some photos and video clips from our closing bows and celebration afterward. Enjoy! Keep checking my website and social pages for what's next for me. Until then ... #rockon!
I had the best Sunday ever! First, in the afternoon, I performed as Shonelle in the matinee of Broadway's School of Rock. Next, I ran over to Times Square with my friends to perform at TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE, an annual charity event. Times Square was filled with people and song thanks to a lineup of amazing Broadway performances, including some of my amazing buddies from the show. I debuted by new original song, "ANGEL"! Later that day, I performed as Shonelle again, for the evening show. It was so fun; and I also really loved hearing my friends backstage singing "ANGEL". I'm so glad they liked it! This was the 6th annual TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE charity event, presented by Magical Music for Life. The foundation was formed to better the lives of children though the impactful and extraordinary power of music. You can learn more about them at www.magicalmusic.org. I'm honored to have been a part of such a wonderful day!
In the last 21 months, I have seen many cast members, some my dearest friends, leave the show and now, sadly, it’s my turn to graduate from School of Rock on Broadway.
My last day at "Horace Green Prep" will be May 14th. It’s been an amazing and unforgettable experience and I’ve learned so much from it. It’s been so great to build friendships and to have many incredible times like being on The TONY Awards, appearing on Good Morning America and the Thanksgiving Day parade, meeting Jack Black and lots of famous rockers like Stevie Nicks and Barbra Streisand.
And, let’s not forget performing in School of Rock on Broadway! It’s been such an honor to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber, Laurence Connor, Joanne Hunter and to share my days with David Ruttura, Patrick O’Neill, Darren Ledbetter, Lulu Lloyd and the ultra-talented cast, crew and company.
Without School of Rock, I probably wouldn’t be playing bass or guitar. I originally thought that family meant those I was related to, but I now realize my family extends to my School of Rock family too.
School of Rock, the hit musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, features Broadway’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. These kids are incredibly talented and hard-working, but we wanted to know what the young stars like to do around New York City when they’re not busy jamming out. Rachel Katzke, Ellie Kim, Raghav Mehrotra, Jason Kisare, Chloé Bryan, Ava Della Pietra, Ruth Righi, and Gianna Harris shared the places they love the most, and they hope visitors will love them just as much.
During the month of January, I performed as Summer (the band manager), Katie (the bass lead), Shonelle (the backup singer) and Madison (one of the roadies). It's so much fun covering so many roles. When I get to the theatre, I never know who I might be playing! Thanks to everyone who came to see us!