With schools across the nation closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, many theater students won’t get the chance to showcase their talent on stage.
But just because their school musicals have been canceled or postponed, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still performing. As far as Broadway star Laura Benanti is concerned, the show must go on. That’s why she’s asking affected teens to tweet videos of themselves singing under the hashtag #SunshineSongs.
Benanti’s tweet has since received thousands of responses, including a retweet from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who joined the online audience! Here are 5 of the best performances from kids who refused to let their hard work go to waste.
1. Jake Heston Miller surely made Manuel proud with his stunning rendition of “Burn” from the latter’s musical.
— Jordyn Linsay (@jordynlinsaywi1) March 14, 2020
2. Four teens from Broadway Kids Studio Inc. in Davie, Florida, beautifully nailed difficult harmonies from their postponed production of “Footloose.”
Our Production of Footloose was just postponed. These kids have worked very hard! pic.twitter.com/FXtpaISMOh
— Kels (@kle1101) March 14, 2020
3. A suspended show couldn’t stop Khadija Sankoh from stepping into her “Once On This Island” role and riveting listeners with her powerful voice.
I attend Union High School and we are doing Once On This Island. As of now our show is postponed but we don’t know how long. This is a little snipbit of Waiting For Life pic.twitter.com/isdwSj17ho
— Khadija Sankoh (@khadija_sankoh) March 13, 2020
4. Nine-year-old Sophia deserved a standing ovation for her angelic take on the “Pinocchio” classic, “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
@LauraBenanti #SunshineSongs Sophia, 9 years old, singing When You Wish Upon A Star. She had hoped to compete in the musical theatre category of the Kiwanis Music festival in two weeks. ❤️@linmanuel001 pic.twitter.com/YxPwdxkY5k
— Victoria Kerr (@victoriarmt14) March 14, 2020
5. Finally, a group of Providence Day School students spread rays of hope in the darkness with footage of their last day rehearsing “Bright Star.”
— Mitchell Berzack (@MBerzack64) March 13, 2020
What a great way to not only give these talented students a platform to shine, but to lift people’s spirits when they need it most! As Ludwig Van Beethoven once said, “Music can change the world.” It can also help us hold onto hope, even in times of fear and uncertainty.
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