Monday, December 23, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Taylor Nichol)-- Many people dream of performing on Broadway. For first year student Francesca Nardone, that dream became a reality. It was almost like an episode from the TV show GLEE.
Earlier this year, Nardone played the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at Lincoln High School. Along with the rest of the cast, she attended The 19th Annual Henry Mancini Musical Theater Awards at Geneva College. She received an award for the Best Female in a Leading Role. However, later in the night she also learned that she had been chosen to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York. Only one male and one female would be chosen to represent the Mancini Awards.
She says the moment when the decision was announced, she was ecstatic.
Last summer, Nardone headed to New York where she would spend a week working rehearsing and learning new material. The competition involved vigorous practice and dedication. She was among 31 boys and 30 other girls who shared the experience.
Ultimately, performer Sarah Lynn Marion from California was presented with the Jimmy™ award for Best Performance by an Actress. However, Nardone had a great time and valued the opportunity.
Nardone hopes to become involved in Theatre Westminster, though she has a busy schedule. She explained that when she learned how to balance out her schedule and create time, she would love to join the drama scene at Westminster College. Musical has been a huge part of her life and she has performed in a total of thirteen shows. Nardone says musical involvement has impacted her greatly and changed her life.
Photos contributed by Francesca Nardone