Students from Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts School in Reston earned high praise at the 2015 Junior Theater Festival, held Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. The 17 students, ages 8-16, presented selections from “Once On This Island JR.” for Karen Sharp, education director at Seattle Children’s Theatre; and director, composer, music director, and performer Rob Rokicki (:Hairspray;” “Love, NY”).
The students will present their full production of “Once On This Island JR.” on May 1st at 7 pm and May 2nd at 2 pm and 7 pm. For more information, visit http://www.lopezstudiosinc.com/box-office-ticket-sales.html
Lopez Studios student Manu Onteeru was one of the 110 performers who made it to the final call-back for future Broadway Junior shoots for “how-to” choreography videos for soon-to-be released Broadway Junior musicals.
Additionally, students Jason Itkin and Samantha Hilario were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.
The students who traveled to the 2015 Junior Theater Festival on behalf of Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts School are: Ashby Florence, Cynthia Gomez-Quintero, Ansley Gullion, Samantha Hilario, Meagan Hosker, Jason Itkin, Tess Jannery-Barney, Lindsey Newberg, Blake O’Brien, Manu Onteeru, Keenan Parker, Rachel Rubin, Sissy Sheridan, Hanna Shwetzer, Keiko Tani, Jillian Upshaw, and Alyssa Vanlandingham.