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!
* quote from Kate Egan
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!
One of my favorite things to do (when I have some time) is to see other Broadway shows. I think all actors on Broadway enjoy that. In January, Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect, Dear Evan Hansen) came to our show!
It was great to meet him afterward. Thanks Ben!
I had the best time performing in this tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber that aired on Good Morning America in December 2016. We joined the casts of Phantom of the Opera and CATS to give this special one-time-only performance on GMA.
The kids from Broadway's School of Rock were invited to perform at Brooks Brothers for the annual St. Jude Holiday Celebration. We sang "If Only You Would Listen" from the show. Jenn Gambatese (who plays Rosalie in SOR) sang holiday songs as well.
My mom was thrilled to meet actress Marlo Thomas and the head of St. Jude's Children's Hospital
I'm so grateful to have been a part of the creation of "I Have A Voice", a new anti-bullying charity single and two videos. Over 70 child actors are featured from Broadway's School of Rock, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Matilda the Musical and more.
Van Dean, President of Broadway Records and one of the co-founders of the "Broadway for Orlando" charitable initiative, produced the project. The music is from the upcoming musical, "Song of Bernadette", written by Frank Wildhorn and Robin Lerner.
The single is available for purchase at www.BroadwayRecords.com, Amazon.com, iTunes and more. 100% of the proceeds goes to the non-profit No Bully. Please, share it with everyone you know!