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Submitted by Elaine O'Neal on 8/15/2013


 The 42 members of the Class of 2013 - Summer proclaimed ““I’m Not Afraid of Anything” in their final performance at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.

The students graduated on August 11, 2013, in the historic Randolph Theatre where the class just closed a stellar run of Legally Blonde: The Musical. The graduates were sent on their way with words of wisdom from alumnus Tara Young, who was most recently Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. The graduates join the ranks of alumni who have distinguished themselves on world stages and screens.

The ceremony included a performance of John Bucchino’s “Taking the Wheel” by Adrian Marchuk (Jersey Boys), who is a faculty member at the Academy. In addition, the Randolph Chorale performed “The Song of Purple Summer” from Spring Awakening. 

“Nothing really prepares you for a four hour lecture on theatre history … [or] ‘I can’t say no” twenty times in one sitting. But that happened and we’re ok with it,” reminisced valedictorian Cayla Bekk (Faro, YT). Bekk ended her speech with “While the unknown is little bit terrifying it’s a whole lot exciting. So remember to take a deep breath and be brave.”

Several awards were presented at the ceremony, including:

- Katherine “Kit” Boulter (Wiarton, ON) received the Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal. The medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, post-secondary program.

- Katie Brogan (Leamington, ON) won the Eileen Farrell Most Improved Award, which recognizes the student who has demonstrated growth in each discipline, overall work ethic, and potential to succeed in the business. Katie most recently played the featured role of Brooke in the class’ final production, Legally Blonde: The Musical

- Claire Hunter (Almonte, ON) won the Triple Threat Award, which is awarded based on talent as well as growth, work ethic, and potential for industry success. Claire most recently played the lead role of Elle in the class’ final production, Legally Blonde: The Musical

Founded by George C. Randolph Jr., the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit educational institution providing world-class performing arts training to young artists. Distinguished faculty and entertainment industry professionals shape Triple Threat® skills of dancing, acting, and singing in a college program (registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005), youth show choir program, and children’s recreational program. Faculty and alumni have appeared on Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Broadway (New York) and West End (London) stages, as well as Hollywood (Los Angeles). More information can be found at www.randolphacademy.com