Riley Gibson and Lily Vance Get Top 10 For Triangle Rising Star!

Marc Gafoor, Art Editor

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After a successful year of Musical Theatre from Jordan, it seems things are finally wrapping up. The theater department has already put on most of their shows, other than the Musical Theatre Showcase (May 31st), and they even have next years musicals on the docket! However, one primary part of any musical theatre program year, in the Triangle area, is Triangle Rising Star. At Triangle Rising Star, some of the best actors and actresses get put up for competition against each other. The top actor/actress will be put on a plane to fly to the Jimmy Awards in New York City, where they have the opportunity to train with Broadway professionals and compete on a national level.

This year, Jordan put up two musicals for adjudication from Triangle Rising Star Judges, Into The Woods (Winter musical) and Hairspray (Spring musical). These two shows had a few select actors make top 20, Grace Howell’s the Witch along with Velma VonTussle, Lily Vance made it with Baker’s Wife and Tracy Turnblad, and Riley Gibson made it in with Edna Turnblad. While Grace Howell was not selected from making top 10, Riley’s Edna and Lily’s Tracy did! TRS judges analyze everything there is about the actor/actresses ability to act, sing, and perform wholistically.  This means that Grace, Riley, and Lily are all truly amazing actors.

Due to them making top 10 in their respective gender, (Top 10 Male, Top 10 Female) they will be performing in group numbers and competing against each other on May 16th at 7:30 at the Durham Performing Arts Center! Be sure to get your tickets to see these talented actors perform on stage!

Lily Vance as Tracy T. and Riley Gibson as Edna T.