Showstoppers compete in musical theatre competition

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Youth Theatre Carson City’s Showstoppers show choir traveled to Southern California to compete in the Musical Theatre Competitions of America this month.

The Showstoppers auditioned against over 1,000 other students and many were selected to participate in featured musical numbers at the close of the festival.

Bay Eaton and Parker Schmid were selected to work with Broadway veteran Joe Abraham, whose Broadway credits include Hairspray and Disney’s The Little Mermaid in numbers from A Chorus Line and performed alongside Broadway legend Nikki Snelson, whose Broadway credits include Legally Blonde and Sweet Charity.

Benjamin Achoka and Nygel Toreson were featured in a “Grease” production number created by famed director/choreographer John Vaughn. All four boys got to share the stage with two of the original queens from the smash Broadway hit, SIX, Samantha Pauley and Andrea Macasaet. Director Andie Wilkerson was recognized for her dedication to theatre education and her creative staging and writing.

Above receiving recognition and accolades, the Showstoppers also had the chance to learn alongside the country’s top performers and directors in the field.

Kylie Carrigan was one of four students selected to work one-on-one in a special master class with Hamilton star Sabrina Sloan, and all 18 Showstoppers and their directors were honored with a private master class with Abraham.

You can catch the Showstoppers as they perform their spring musical, James and the Giant Peach, Jr., March 1-3 and YTCCs Annual Spotlight Awards March 23 at the Carson City Community Center.

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