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Broadway Star Carrie St. Louis to Perform with OCC Theatre Aug. 3

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Broadway star Carrie St. Louis will join the Olney Central College Theatre for a joint concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.

St. Louis is best known for her portrayal of Glinda in the Broadway and national touring company of “Wicked.” She also starred in the Broadway versions of “Rock of Ages,” as Sherrie, and just recently completed a run as Lauren in the Tony award winning “Kinky Boots.”

“This will be such a treat for our audience,” said OCC Theatre Director Jon Wright. “Carrie is a world-class artist and we do not get very many opportunities in Olney to see someone of her caliber perform. We are especially thankful to Carle - Richland Memorial Hospital for serving as our sponsor and making this event possible.”

St. Louis will perform multiple songs during the concert, which also will include OCC Theatre alumni and participants from the summer Children’s Theatre Workshop.

“Everyone is so excited about getting the opportunity to work with Miss St. Louis,” Wright added. “This amazing young lady has been able to do what many dream of, but few achieve, making her living as a Broadway leading actress.”

Tickets for the show are $20 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15. All seating is reserved and can be purchased online at www.iecc.edu/occtheater or by calling 618-395-7777, ext. 2408.

In addition to working with St. Louis, local performers will have an opportunity to learn from this Broadway leading lady.

“During the show’s final rehearsal, Miss St. Louis will be critiquing them to enhance their performance,” Wright said. “This event continues our goal of educating our performers while giving our audiences outstanding and diverse entertainment options.”

Wright added, “Performing on stage is hard. I am so proud of our alumni who are vulnerable enough to seize this opportunity. To have someone come in and critique your work, is extremely challenging and nerve-racking. Our alumni are willing to do that because of their dedication to becoming better artists and their desire to give Olney their best performance possible.”

St. Louis began working professionally in the West Coast premiere of “The Fix” after graduating from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a degree in Vocal Arts. She went on to play Amanda Bell in the world premiere of “Justin Love” at Los Angeles’ Celebration Theater, which received an LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination for Best Production. She then moved to Las Vegas to open “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian Hotel, for which she was awarded Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical by Broadway World Las Vegas.

She then made her Broadway debut as Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” in 2014. Later that year, she went on the road as Glinda in the national tour of “Wicked.” In 2016, St. Louis returned to Broadway, starring as Glinda at the Gershwin Theater, for which she was nominated for a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Best Female Replacement in a long-running show.

St. Louis starred Off-Broadway as Annette Hargrove in “Cruel Intentions: The Musical,” based on the cult-classic film, which received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Off-Broadway Musical. On TV, St. Louis can be seen on the hit CBS series “Elementary,” working alongside Lucy Liu, Jonny Lee Miller and Jon Michael Hall.

St. Louis’ solo show, “Something Good,” has been playing to sold out crowds at New York’s iconic Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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