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Local youth to perform alongside Broadway professionals at Niswonger Performing Arts Center


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Nineteen local youth are preparing for an evening of “sensational” entertainment to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital, along with four special guests straight from the Broadway stage. The Mountain States Foundation and Consumer Credit Union will host “{One} Singular Sensational Evening (AGAIN)” on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City.

“This is going to be a truly exciting and memorable evening, not only because of the Broadway stars who will perform, but also because of the singularly sensational kids who were chosen from across the region to participate,” said Cookie McKinney, manager of Children’s Initiatives for Mountain States Foundation.

The Foundation held a series of auditions earlier this year to recruit young performers from across the 29-county region served by Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Five featured performers and 14 ensemble cast members were chosen from a wide geographic area. All of the finalists received a special tour of Niswonger Children’s Hospital so they could see what their fundraising efforts would support.

Tickets to the performance are still available and can be purchased from Niswonger Performing Arts Center by calling 423-638-1679. Adult tickets are $35 and students are $25.

Niswonger is the region’s only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children. The 69-bed facility serves more than 200,000 children and is home to one of only six St. Jude Affiliate Clinics in the nation. More than 20 pediatric subspecialties are offered there, including pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric cardiology, pediatric neurology, neonatology and pediatric surgery.

Local youth performers for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening (AGAIN)” are: Autumn Crum, Tusculum View Elementary School; Emma Maddux, Nolachuckey Elementary School; Hannah Hausman, Science Hill High School; Stephen Cradic, University School; and Nicholas Reynolds, Abingdon High School.

The youth ensemble includes Alexis Heath, Hunter Elementary School; Catherine Phillips, Ashley Academy; Eli Berney, Greeneville Middle School; Emma Grubbs, Providence Academy; J. Davis Hayman, Science Hill High School; Jackson Beddingfield, Eastview Elementary School; Kailee Amburgey, Jonesborough Middle School; Karis King, Jonesborough Elementary School; Katrina Clark, Central Elementary School; Mary Catherine Morrell, Sullins Academy; Maya Lowery, Emmett Elementary School; Mireille Block, Sullins Academy; Reilly Wild Williams, University School; and Tiffany Reinhardt, Grandview Elementary School.

Last year’s overall youth winner, Betsy Nicholson, a home-schooler from Elizabethton, will also be featured.

The Broadway performers scheduled to lead the performance are Gary Mauer and David Elder, both returning from last year, and Niswonger newcomers Elizabeth Southard and Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel.

Leavel’s performances include “Hello Dolly,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Mamma Mia!” and she won a Tony Award for “The Drowsy Chaperone” and was Tony-nominated for “Baby It’s You.” Elder’s credits include “White Christmas,” “Curtains,” “42nd Street,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Titanic, the Musical.” Mauer has performed in “The Phantom of the Opera” in the role of the Phantom, “Les Miserables,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Pirates of Penzance,” among others, while Southard’s credits include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Show Boat” and The Sound of Music.”

About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of 14 hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 8,500 team members are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.

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