LASALLE - Due to its popularity over the last three years, the organizers of Musical Show Off (MSO) have announced that the popular event will return for 2014. Boys and Girls, aged 11 to 17, can once again compete in this musical theatre competition for the coveted trophy and a cash prize of $1,000.
Musical Show Off is much more than lessons in musical theatre. Trained by experienced performers, kids aged eight to 17, learn to sing, dance and act, and get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform live at the legendary Rialto Theatre before a capacity crowd. “This is a chance to experience what it is like to be part of a musical production,” says Bronwen Lloyd-Hughes of Productions BronCon.
Lloyd-Hughes is a dance teacher at the EMSB’s LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and also runs their successful Glee Club, which finished second in last fall’s city-wide high school competition. A number of EMSB students are part of Musical Showoff already, including four members of the Marra family in St. Léonard.
The senior category, comprised of 11 to 17 year olds, will once again be split into four teams and receive a total of 24 hours of coaching before they compete against each other live on stage for the chance to win Musical Show Off 2014.
Judged by an expert panel, each team will perform a choreographed musical number taken from popular Broadway shows. For the past three years, dozens of eight to 17 year olds have boosted their confidence, made new friends and gained loads of experience in training with Musical Show Off.
“The 2013 final was a sell-out show and the standard of performances was exceptional,” said Connie Rotella, the other half of Productions BronCon. “What these amazing kids achieved in such a short space of time was incredible. The judges awarded the ‘Sorority Sisters’ team and their performance from the musical ‘Legally Blonde,’ the title of Musical Show Off Champions 2013.”
In addition to these four outstanding teams, there was a group of incredible “Rising Stars.” Juniors, aged eight to 10 years old, performed a rendition of Beauty and the Beast, which opened the night’s performances.
Lloyd-Hughes and Rotella are seasoned professional performers. Each of them boast thousands of hours on stage, combined with experience in television, theatre, telethons, choreography, producing and directing.
Besides Lloyd-Hughes and Rotella, this year’s mentors will be Chris Barillaro, Guy Porlier, Emily Josset, Jonathan Patterson, Nikki Atzori and Taylor Baruchel.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 9 (11 a.m.) at Danse 123 (7927 Newman Boulevard) in LaSalle. For more information call 514-887-9555 or log on to www.musicalshowoff.com.