Two first-year performing arts students snagged the top two spots in their division at a National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition recently held at Truman State University in Kirksville.
Abilene Olson placed first in the NATS College Women Musical Theatre Division, and Sydney Benton placed second.
The contest was held at the same time the Macklanburg Playhouse Company was performing the musical “The Light in the Piazza,” so several of Stephens’ talented musical theatre students could not compete, Assistant Professor Pam Ellsworth-Smith said.
For her first-place win, Olson had the opportunity to perform at a public performance at Truman. Winners were also recognized with certificates and cash awards.
Students will now participate in the NATS St. Louis Chapter auditions next weekend. Eleven students will participate at the event, which will be held at Webster University. Stephens founded the St. Louis Chapter Musical Theatre NATS auditions on campus nine years ago.
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