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Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in 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. BroadwayWorld has photos of the performers onstage below!

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

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Marquise Neal (Kinky Boots)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Emerson Steele (Violet)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Brooklyn Shuck (Annie)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Matt Gumley (Mary Poppins, Addams Family) and Laurissa Romain (South Pacific)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Amaya Braganza and Sadie Sink (both from Annie)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Lina Silver (Happiness)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Emma Howard (Matilda)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Mallory Bechtel (Home, Fly)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Taylor Richardson (Annie)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Julianna Rigoglioso (Mary Poppins, Far From Heaven)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Rachel Resheff (Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Shrek, People in the Picture)

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Ali Giordano

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Sophie Thatcher

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Lauren Echausse

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Lauren Dodds

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Jaron Cole

Photo Flash: Young Stars from ANNIE, KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK and More in SONGS FOR STORY SHIFTERS
Elise Pakiela



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