Congratulations to Patel Conservatory student Corey Farrell on winning the Critic’s Choice Award at the recent Florida Thespians Competition of Hillsborough County Public Schools District 9.
“I was surprised, especially since this was my first year. I was freaking out,” said Farrell, 15, of Riverview High School.
Farrell has enjoyed performing in musical theater since he was ten and this past summer, he participated in the Conservatory’s summer musical theater camp.
For the competition, he performed the solo “Be Like the Bluebird” from Anything Goes, and, along with a group, “Two Ladies” from Cabaret, for which he received straight Superior ratings.
“I’m a comedic character actor, so [my solo] helped showcase my abilities,” said Farrell.
In preparation for the performance, he began working with vocal coach Dee Lynch, staff accompanist and musical theater specialist.
“I want to get better at singing, and learn how to properly train my voice,” he said. “She taught me different techniques that...definitely helped my overall performance.”
“Corey is a bright, dedicated young man who gives 100% in his vocal coaching sessions,” said Lynch. “He enjoys learning new skills and is quick to apply them to the material. I’m thrilled to hear of his success!”
Farrell will compete in the state competition in the spring.