The Seton Hall Theatre Department will be co-hosting Vanguard Theatre Company's "Broadway Buddies Mentorship Cabaret" at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
The cabaret will pair 32 aspiring artists with 32 Broadway stars on stage for an evening of drama-based musical performances. The aspiring artists include 26 aged 12-15 along with five Seton Hall students and one alum. This show will allow these young performers to showcase their talents alongside their professional mentors with whom they have been working through Vanguard's Broadway Buddies program. The mentors have performed in numerous Broadway musicals, including "Aladdin," "Frozen," and "Beautiful."
"Last year's program was an overwhelming success," said Vanguard's Artistic Director Janeece Freeman-Clark. "This year, we are thrilled to build more of these exciting, unique and one-of-a-kind partnerships. The culminating cabaret is just the cherry on top."
Since February, the mentors have been working with the performers, sharing their personal stories, offering advice on show business, and coaching them individually during rehearsals.
"Vanguard is thrilled to partner with SOPAC and the Seton Hall Theater Department for a second year," said Managing Director Jessica Sporn. "This is a win for access, equity and diversity. Audience members can expect to see a rainbow of talent that represents the best of Broadway's past, present and future. We are beyond excited."
She added, "We are grateful to our sponsors, TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Seton Hall Theater, for making this program possible."
Toni Gardner, who recently graduated from Seton Hall, said that the excitement from the mentees is palpable.
"I am thrilled to be part of the Broadway Buddy program and cannot wait to see what the future brings," Gardner said.
Sophomore Tess Borsecnik agreed,
"I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity to work with amazing industry professionals," Borsecnik said. "I am determined to make the most of it."
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