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Meet the Students of Next on Stage: David Carver's Turn as Tony in West Side Story Helped Him Grow as An Actor


David is singing for The Trevor Project!

We're down to our top 10 contestants in our Next on Stage competition.

Contestant David Carver shares more about his charity, memories from a production of West Side Story, and who he looks up to in the Mean Girls cast!

Check out David's latest performance HERE.

What charity did you pick and why?

I picked The Trevor Project, which is an incredible nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ + youth. Through a toll - free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors for LGBTQ + youth in need. This organization is very important to me, because I care so much for the safety of LGBTQ + youth. I've always grown up in a super supportive family, and that's not the case for most. This organization provides a comforting, safe place for teens who are hurting and don't get the support from their families. This organization provides support, love, and care for those individuals who need it most.

Share a memory from seeing a stage production!

I'll never forget seeing Mean Girls on Broadway in the summer of 2019, and being completely in AWE of everything about that show. I remember crying several times in the audience because of how incredible it was. I remember watching Grey Henson play Damien, and thinking to myself "I want to do exactly what he's doing. This role would be such a dream to play one day."

What is a fond memory you have from a past production?

I have such great memories getting to play Tony in West Side Story my senior year of High School at my local theatre. That show is so beautiful, and has always been a favorite of mine. I never thought I would ever get the chance to play that role, so getting the opportunity was such an honor! The whole show experience helped me grow so much as an actor & overall performer :)

After two successful seasons of our virtual singing competition, we're back again by popular demand with the third season of our online musical theatre singing competition for student performers sponsored by The International College of Musical Theatre.

Check out all of the contestants HERE!

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