BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Mayor Harry Rilling & Lucia Rilling
Fourteen year old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre's web series now in it's third season here on BroadwayWorld. "Konversations with Keeme" is show where Keeme interviews seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans such as Emmy and Grammy winner, Paul Bogaev, and Broadway pros Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, Juwan Crawley and more.
The series follows Keeme's interviews as he receives advice on "the business", performing, and leadership from the pros in the performing arts industry. These interviews are directed and edited by Tiara Starks, a sophomore at the University of New Haven, and are released weekly on BroadwayWorld.
New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. This series is one of the ways that NPT features their outstanding Youth Board of directors (all the production and on-camera work is facilitated by our Youth with some guidance from our Pros). Artistic Director and Broadway veteran, Kristin Huffman says, "New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway pros, but that also connect directly to our community and teach youth leadership.
The fourth seasons leads right up to NPT's summer production of Bye Bye Birdie with performances on August 16th and 17th in Fairfield CT. For tickets please visit: http://www.nptheatre.org/nptevents/bbbtickets/
This week Keeme interviews local politician Mayor Harry Rilling and his wife, Lucia Rilling, who has been cast at "The Mayor's Wife" in New Paradigm Theatre's production of Bye Bye Birdie!
Harry Rilling is the current mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut. He had previously served as Norwalk's police chief for 17 years before retiring. Lucia C.Rilling is the 1st Latina-First Lady of Norwalk and finds it extremely important to be accessible to the diverse population in her community. She prides herself in her upbringing as a military child which taught her and her younger brother the ability to assimilate well with people from around the world, and to learn different languages. Growing up she enjoyed singing and the theater. Today she believes her early life experiences served to groom her in her role as a mayor's wife. As a daughter and a wife of military veterans, she is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary which helps to serve and meet the needs of our nations veterans, military and their families.