Magic To Do – Michelle Dawson’s vocal students light up the Elmwood stage

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Elmwood Playhouse’s Sundays at 7 series presented 22 students from Michelle Dawson’s vocal studio on January 28 to a sold-out house of friends, family and supporters. The audience was treated to a wide variety of songs from the talented students. Numbers ranged from classic Broadway shows “Annie,” “Grease” and “Cabaret” to more current shows such as “Wicked,” “The Great Comet,” “Beetlejuice,” “Ghost” and others. Students also presented numbers from the soon-to-be Broadway production “Smash” and of course the whole company joined in the title song from “Pippin:” Magic To Do. To add to the mix, contemporary pop singers Adele, Laufey and Taylor Swift were also represented in songs. It was a completely entertaining evening accompanied by the exceptionally talented pianist Tracy Dobelle. The performance was assisted by co-stage managers Allison Schneider and Lauren Plotnick-Bimbo and Mike Gnazzo provided lighting on the set of “Italian American Reconcilliation.”

Michelle Dawson (Photo by John Banks)

These performers have been coached by Broadway veteran performer Michelle Dawson, who hosted the evening, introducing each perfomer and cheering them on. Michelle coaches a wide range of students in vocal technique and performance from middle school age, high schoolers and adults.

Michelle states that she “strives to share her knowledge and experience of over 30 years in a professional Musical Theatre career to help nurture performers and guide them towards a path of discovery as an artist.” Many people also discovered these talented young artists on Sunday evening!

Photos by John Banks.

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