High School Students Shine on Stage in The Ghostlight Series
Clarksburg, WV – The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is proud to present season three of the popular Ghostlight Series! The Ghostlight Series: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is a virtual series offered during the COVID-19 pandemic in the month of March as an alternative, safe way to showcase the arts to our community while celebrating “Arts in Our Schools Month” with talented local student artists. After a competitive video-audition process, ten outstanding high school students were chosen to be featured in the series!
Students answered a virtual audition call put out by the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center back in January. Over 50 audition videos were submitted to the center and the difficult selection process began. When creating her video, 16-year-old Emma Davisson remarked, “I enjoy using my ring light and filming for my YouTube Channel, so I approached my audition tape in the same manner.”
Once the talented 10 students were selected and announced, planning began for a safe and socially-distanced filming so that the students could perform their pieces live on the Robinson Grand stage. Rachel Yurkovich, mother of Corinne Yurkovich who performs in the series, said, “This was bittersweet for us to watch. It has been a long year and not what they hoped their senior year would be. The current seniors have missed so much, especially in the realms of music and theater. For those 60 minutes of filming, we watched Corinne do what she loves and makes her happy. It was a blessing.”
Kaleigh Nutt, a 14-year-old student at Robert C. Byrd High School, performs in her school’s show choir and also takes voice lessons with Pam Krall. She said, “It means a lot for me to be able to perform! Being without it, causes me to not feel like myself. I'm more myself when performing because that's what makes me happy!” The last time she was able to perform live was back in February of 2020 until her time on the Robinson Grand stage while filming for the series.
The Ghostlight Series is a collaboration with The Vintage Theatre Company, LLC, Geminye Studios, local artists, and students. Patrons will be able to view the series through the Robinson Grand Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RobinsonGrand) or on the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center YouTube Channel (https://bit.ly/RGPACyoutube).
Series Performance Schedule:
Episode 1 - Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7pm
Corinne Yurkovich (18 years old, Bridgeport High School) singing “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
Brooke Lantz (16 years old, Philip Barbour High School) dancing to “Soldier” by Fleurie
Nicole Schumacher (17 years old, Notre Dame High School) singing “Perfect” from the musical Edges by Paesk & Paul
Episode 2 - Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7pm
Ben Long (17 years old, Notre Dame High School) singing “Find Your Way Again” by Ben Long
Kaleigh Nutt (14 years old, Robert C. Byrd High School) singing “Anyone” by Demi Lovatto
Episode 3 - Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7pm
McKenzie Fittro (18 years old, Notre Dame High School) singing “Va Godendo” from the opera Serse by Handel and accompanied by Josh Stubbs on piano and Jeremiah Smallridge on recorder
Jessica Nuzum (16 years old, Liberty High School) singing “Overwhelming” by Jessica Nuzum
Maelee Henderson (16 years old, Robert C. Byrd High School) singing “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
Episode 4 - Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7pm
Maryn Seamon (16 years old, Notre Dame High School) singing “Lost in the Brass” from the musical Band Geeks by Tommy Newman
Emma Davisson (16 years old, Bridgeport High School) singing “Out Here on My Own” by Irene Cara from the musical Fame by Lesley Gore and Michael Gore
“This difficult time has made me realize how much performing means to me. You never know how much you miss something until you don’t get to experience it anymore. I am so thankful to be able to perform in the midst of this unprecedented time to bring light to our community again,” says Maryn Seamon, a 16-year-old student at Notre Dame High School.
All of the previous episodes in The Ghostlight Series are available to the public for viewing completely free of charge on the Robinson Grand Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RobinsonGrand) or on the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center YouTube Channel (https://bit.ly/RGPACyoutube). Donations to the Robinson Grand are being accepted via PayPal link on each viewing platform.