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Theatre Students Showcase Talents in Broadway Program  

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Theatre student Bailey Howell and Broadway mentor Danette Holden.

Get your tickets now! On May 1st, seven College of Communication and the Arts' Theatre students will showcase their singing and stage talents in the 2nd annual Vanguard Theatre Company's Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will host a cabaret, sponsored by Seton Hall University's Theater Program, featuring 25 Broadway stars and 25 young performers in the program's finale.

After an outstanding success in the first year, the Broadway Buddy program's 2017 applications were overflowing. Auditions were conducted via video submissions. When students are cast, they are paired with a popular theatre professional who becomes a mentor for the course of 6 weeks. The mentor provides professional guidance and coaching on the business and skills of performance theatre – all culminating in a series of duets that will be performed in the Mentorship Cabaret at SOPAC. This year, of the 25 emerging performers from the New Jersey area, seven of them from Seton Hall's College of Communication and the Arts' Theatre program.

Janeece Freeman Clark, Artistic Director of the Vanguard Theatre Company, and visiting director for Seton Hall's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, brought this program to the attention of theatre students. Junior Bailey Howell, a double major in Theatre and Public Relations, was one of the seven Seton Hall students chosen for this once in a lifetime program. Howell has been paired up with theatre performer Danette Holden, who was featured in Broadway shows such as Annie, Shrek the Musical, and Anything Goes.

"As a mentee, I have gained deeper insight into the theatre and entertainment industry. My mentor Danette and I have gone out to dinner a few times and formed a great relationship that I hope will continue after the cabaret. Her advice, guidance and lessons from her own professional experiences are something I treasure, as I begin to wrap up my education. She has helped me discover career possibilities following my graduation from Seton Hall University, and is a great role model for me as a student."

Other Seton Hall mentees include: 

  • Senior Toni Gardner, who is co-starring in Seton Hall's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! 
  • Senior Gus Glazov, who wishes to further explore his passion for music 
  • Sophomore Nicholas Zeitlinger who is bilingual and aspires to work in the theatrical arts as a performer and educator 
  • Freshman Tess Borsecnik, who has been performing since the fourth grade 
  • Freshman Peter Lamendola, who recently had a role in Seton Hall's production of It's a Wonderful Life 
  • Senior Chad Navarro, who is honored to be participating and hopes he can bring the lessons he learns from the Broadway Buddy program to his future performances

All 25 mentees will be performing duets with their Broadway mentors at the Mentorship Cabaret at SOPAC on Monday, May 1st at 7 p.m. For just $25, tickets can be purchased here. Don't miss your opportunity to see Broadway come to life in South Orange.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Danielle Clements
  • (973) 275-4831
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