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Monroe Youth to Sing at Rescheduled Bluefish Game

Sponsored by Creative Music Center of Monroe, Audra Logan will open the ball game with her rendition of The National Anthem.

Audra Logan loves to sing. Her dream is to sing on Broadway, preferably in the role of Belle in Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

The 11-year student from St. Jude School was one of two performers selected to sing The National Anthem at a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball game at Harbor Yard. Unfortunately, she was scheduled for last night’s game, which was cancelled because of the weather. The rescheduled date has not yet been announced.

Sponsored by Creative Music Center of Monroe, 701 Main Street, Audra competed against 24 young performers for the opportunity to open the baseball game with this patriotic tune.

Michelle Spanedda, of Newtown, will perform tonight.  

Monroe’s Maddy Harvey, a sophomore at Masuk High School, is the runner-up.

Liz Reisman, owner and director of Creative Music Center, said, “The depth of talent from the area was a bit of a surprise. Any one of the kids who auditioned would have been fabulous. Audra stood out from the crowd with her beautiful voice.”

As the company sponsor for these two Bluefish games, Reisman and Creative Music Center manager Kate Rich were charged with finding the performers to sing the Star Spangled Banner on their behalf.

Audra, who has taken piano and guitar lessons at Creative Music Center, heard about the auditions from the school’s newsletter, said her mother Kristina.

Her daughter set out to prepare for the competition. “First I said the words aloud so I could really make sure to enunciate every one,” Audra explained. “Then I sang it and videotaped it. Afterwards, I studied it to see what I did wrong and tried to fix it.”

Audra and her sister, Katherine, 14, who is also a singer, take private voice lessons from Gary Harger in Orange.

Creative Music Center also has a voice department that provides training for 60 students.

“Audra has a great voice,” said Barb Masuk, Creative Music Center’s lesson program manager.

Along with voice lessons, Creative Music Center offers classes in a variety of instruments. There are presently 440 enrolled in its programs.

Masuk said those who auditioned were asked to perform The National Anthem by singing accapella or by using an instrument. “They were all incredibly talented,” she said. “They were all different ages and they came from everywhere, Fairfield, Danbury, Monroe, Newtown.”  

Audra is looking forward to performing The National Anthem at Harbor Yard whenever the baseball game is rescheduled. In the meantime, she is getting ready for her third summer at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Summer Arts Camp. She plans to audition for the lead role in the musical “Oliver!” Last year Audra played Chip in “Beauty and the Beast” and the previous year she performed in its production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

For nine years, she has also studied jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical at Connecticut Dance in Monroe.

Audra said because of her past stage experience at the camp, she’s not at all nervous about singing before the large crowds that cheer on the Bridgeport Bluefish. “I got used to singing in front of people,” Audra said.

For more information about Creative Music Center and to find out when Audra will appear at the Bluefish game, call (203) 261-7301.

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