Singing with the Stars 2013-2014
Amateurs will be partnered with stars who have major performance experience, including touring with artists like ten-time Grammy award-winning Santana and Barry Manilow.
“Every performer loves to be on stage,” said Barber. We thought this new event would be a great way to connect with talented individuals in Martin County who have a love of singing but have spent their time doing it in their cars or showers but never had the thrill of being on a real stage performing in front of a live crowd.”
Singing with the Stars Participants:
Michael Izzolo, owner of the Michael Leonard Salon in Palm City and is known in the community for his volunteer work, will sing alongside Elizabeth Casalini. Casalini has her BFA in musical theater and recently won the 2013 Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Carley Moss, the Marketing and Event Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, is preparing to belt out a ballad with help from partner Karin Leone. Leone has been nominated for several awards for her work in New York and Los Angeles, and was most recently seen on The Lyric stage in last season’s rock musical Next to Normal.
Linda Weiksnar, attorney with Crary Buchanan, will channel her experience singing in church with assistance from her partner Jonathan Cummings. Cummings sang back-up for Barry Manilow and now performs at many local venues, including The Lyric Theatre.
While Bob Zaccheo, the Executive Director of Project LIFT, has never performed in public, his talents will be on display with partner Carla Holbrook, who toured with the Salvador Santana Band, and recorded with Salvador Santana and Carlos Santana. Since returning to the Stuart area, Carla has been playing different venues across South Florida, singing with notable musicians and has also been involved with several professional theater productions at Starstruck Performing Arts Center, most memorably in Dolly Parton's role as Doralee in 9 -5 The Musical.
Stacy Ranieri, founder and President of The Firefly Group, a public relations and marketing firm based in Palm City, Florida. Born and raised in New York and a resident of Florida for 15 years,
Stacy has nearly twenty years of experience in marketing and communications, public relations, community outreach and project management.
Peter Jones, StarStruck Academy’s Artistic Director, where he also teaches. Peter music directs all StarStruck shows and accompanies every musical live for each performance.
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