Photo Flash: Young Stage, Film and TV Performers Rehearse for SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS

Broadway may be dark on Mondays, but more than a dozen young performers from stage, film, and television shone at the first ever Songs for Story Shifters benefit concert on Monday November 4th at Stage 72 in The Triad Theater. Proceeds from the two shows will go to Story Shifters, an education residency program providing free theater education to New York City students with autism and other learning disabilities. Scroll down for photos of the cast in rehearsals!

The cast featured young professionals Mallory Bechtel (Home, Fly), Amaya Braganza (Annie), Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie),Emma Howard (Matilda), Marquise Neal (Kinky Boots), Rachel Resheff (Shrek, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, People in the Picture), Taylor Richardson (Annie), Julianna Rigoglioso (Mary Poppins, Far From Heaven), Laurissa "Lala" Romain (South Pacific), Brooklyn Shuck (Annie), Lina Silver (Happiness, Shakespeare in the Park), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita, Les Miserables), Sadie Sink (Annie, Tuck Everlasting), Emerson Steele (Violet), as well as new rising stars from around the country: Jaron Cole, Lauren Dodds, Lauren Echausse, Ali Giordano, Elise Pakiela, and Sophie Thatcher. The evening was hosted by Tyrah Skye Odoms (Annie) and Steven Strafford (Spamalot).

Story Shifters program is specifically designed for students with medical, physical, and neurological impairments, including students on the autism spectrum and students with special needs. Kimberly Strafford, Director of Education and Outreach for kef theatrical productions, believes that Story Shifters can not only help keep arts in the classroom, but can also help some students find their voice.

Photo Credit: Madeline Strum

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Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie), Brooklyn Shuck (Annie), and Emma Howard (Matilda)

Amaya Braganza (Annie) and Tyrah Skye Odoms (Annie)

Amaya Braganza (Annie) Taylor Richardson (Annie) Mavis Simpson Ernst (Evita) and Sadie Sink (Annie)

The Songs for Story Shifters cast with special guests Julia Murney, Ben Fankhauser, Annaleigh Ashford, Bobby Cronin, Kate Rockwell, and Andrew Keenan Bolger

The Story Shifters students performing

The Songs for Story Shifters cast on stage

Story Shifters program

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