LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2013) — As the curtain rises on the 2013 Tony Awards this Sunday evening, one of the University of Kentucky's youngest stars is among a cast nominated for best revival of a musical. Eight-year-old Brooklyn Shuck's first Broadway show, "Annie: The Musical," has garnered a nomination at the prestigious awards ceremony.
Video courtesy of "Annie." A transcript of this video can be found here.
After showing special talent in dance class at a very early age, Brooklyn joined UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE). The program promotes a well-rounded and balanced approach to arts training that focuses on both individual development and teamwork. At ACE, Brooklyn was able to not only hone her dancing skills but also study voice and acting. While the group maintains a fun atmosphere that reflects the joy of live performance, it also strives for professional-level standards and intends to train students for potential careers in the performing arts, from triple threat performers in musical theatre to actor-singers in opera and beyond.
During her time studying with ACE, Brooklyn appeared in several productions including last year's production of UK Opera Theatre's town-and-gown musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!", and at the annual holiday sing-along concert "Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song," where Brooklyn was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
Brooklyn, the daughter of Angie and T.G. Shuck, began auditioning in New York City around a year ago for such shows as "The Grinch" and "Godspell 2032." In December, the young talent was called back to the Big Apple to audition for a swing role in the Broadway revival of the popular hit "Annie." A student of Garden Springs Elementary in Lexington, Brooklyn learned she was cast as the understudy to the actresses playing orphans Molly, Kate, Tessie, July and Duffy in January. She first appeared on stage as Kate on March 26, at the Palace Theatre.
ACE is an outreach program of UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.
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