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Local teens perform in 'Brooklyn' at Bushnell --
LEDYARD -- Rachelle Seney, 13, of Ledyard and Harrison Fish, 18, of Canterbury won the chance to perform live with the cast of "Brooklyn The Musical" at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford through Voices of Hope. Seney, who was scheduled to perform June 25, has been singing since she was a baby and wants to pursue a career as a chorus director.

Fish, who just finished his freshman year at UConn, started singing his sophomore year in high school and is currently in an a capella group called Extreme Measures at UConn.  He was scheduled to perform June 22.

Voices for Hope is a public education and fund-raising campaign administered by New Generations Ministries and LUNCH (Local United Network to Combat Hunger), utilizing the national tour of the Broadway show, "Brooklyn The Musical," in collaboration with The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts.   June 25 was the last show for the musical.

Seney and Fish, along with 12 semi-finalists, sang in front of a panel of Voices for Hope judges at The Bushnell June 3 in the final round of the vocal competition.

Voices for Hope received submissions from hopeful 12- to 18-year olds from all over Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas. After listening to all of the a capella recordings, the show's director, casting director and music director narrowed the field down to the 14 finalists who were judged on both talent and passion by industry professionals.

Bill and Kay Pere, a Mystic husband and wife team and founders of LUNCH, administered the Voices for Hope competition along with New Generations, a Hartford nonprofit organization that provides charitable contributions and volunteer work for the needy and homeless.

The $50 contestant entry fee is a charitable contribution that will aid New Generations' food pantry and breakfast program for families in New Britain, and also the Hartford-based organization, The House of Bread, Inc.

LUNCH will be designating its funds for support of homeless shelters in southeastern Connecticut, which would include MASH in Groton, Harvest Home in Westerly, Covenant Shelter in New London, Katie Blair House in Norwich and the New London Emergency Shelter in New London.


Rachelle Seney, top row, far right, from Ledyard and Harrison Fish, top row,
second from right, from Canterbury appear June 3 with the
other 12 semifinalists of the Voices for Hope contest at
 the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford

Originally published June 29, 2006

For more information about Voices For Hope,  contact LUNCH

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