Celebrating 30 Years of Premier Performing Arts

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Jill Vanderoef

My very first show at the Flagler Auditorium was a musical called The Triumph of Love. It was performed at the beginning of my freshman year in high school. Since then, I’ve been blessed to perform in over 8 productions at the Flagler Auditorium. Some of my favorites were Seussical (Gertrude), She Loves Me (Amalia), Brigadoon (Fiona), and Fame (Serena)… just to name a few! The Flagler Auditorium was also home to many choral concerts, benefits, and competitions in which I performed and competed. It became somewhat of a second home to me, and I hope to one day perform on that stage again!

After high school, I attended Elon University in North Carolina. There, I studied musical theatre – training in acting, singing, and dancing. In school, I had the opportunity to perform in several different musicals, concerts, benefits, and master classes. Most recently, I performed in Children of Eden, Rent, and It’s Only Life (a John Bucchino song cycle in which John Bucchino himself actually played piano for us!). In my senior year, our senior class had the opportunity to audition for and learn from some prominent New York City agents and casting directors. In the spring of this year, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre.

In the summertime, I continued my education by working professionally for different theatres and companies. Just recently I worked out in Bardstown Kentucky at Stephen Foster Productions. This summer, I worked for RWS and Associates – an entertainment firm that produces entertainment for various corporations, theme parks, cruise ships, shopping centers and conventions throughout the country. I hope to continue working in this profession as long as possible! I am thankful to the Flagler Auditorium, and the people who run it, for giving me the opportunity to perform when I was just starting out!