The 518 Theater Kids Are All Grown Up and Giving Back

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The kids are alright. Dozens of area students who are caught in a performing limbo, some between high school and college and some starting out their careers but all are temporarily between gigs at the moment are putting on a virtual concert to benefit five of the youth theater producers in the area. This concert will be presented for free via Facebook live Wednesday night 7/29 at 8pm. During the performance, donations will be collected for Consortium Actors, Debuts Theater Co., Lights Up Productions, Playhouse Stage Company, and SYFI. The donations will be split equally between the five companies.

This amazing cast is composed of alumni (and high school seniors) who performed with these theater companies, as well as others. They will be singing songs they either previously performed or from a show they performed in during their time in the Capital Region. Nearly all of the performers have gone on to study Musical Theater in college, including Maria Andreoli, Jack Rento, Dave Alderman, Ariana Papaleo, and more at such institutions as Carnegie Mellon, NYU and Pace. Others have since graduated college and are working as professional actors performing in national tours and on Broadway, including Dan Macke, Kelly Swint, Nicole Zelka, and Jacob Shipley.

Josh Romeo

One of the organizers of this event, Josh Romeo says the following “When I decided to pursue performing as a career, my only goal was to make a name for myself as a performer so I could return to the capital region and give back to the companies and directors that shaped me into the person and performer I am today. I have yet to do the first part, but there’s no better time to start doing the second part than now!”

FEATURING: Dave Alderman, Maria Andreoli, Katie Buddenhagen, Nora Collins, Annabelle Duffy, Claire Flynn, George Franklin, Emily Franklin, Jake Goodman, Dan Jameson, Ava LedDuke, Dan Macke, Jon Maltz, Jack Mastrianni, Ariana Mullin, Ariana Papaleo, Jack Rento, Josh Romeo, Jacob Shipley, Kelly Swint, James Wamsley & Nicole Zelka

Visit the Facebook event for more information and the live concert.

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