Young Americans at MHS

The cast of the Young American College of Performing Arts, Corona, Calif., is invading the East coast from Indiana to New Jersey and will be in Milford and Nashua from Oct. 23-28.

Local cast members include Emma Ayotte and Rebecca Vasques, of Milford, Isaiah Silvia-Chandley, of Amherst, and Daniel Adams and Andrea Sarasin, of Nashua, along with others.

The Young Americans were founded in 1962 by Milton Anderson who auditioned students at Birmingham High School in Los Angeles to form a choral group.

Over time, the “YA’s” advanced to include dance, instrumentals and backstage technology, with their current focus on the outreach and touring programs (in the U.S. and abroad) to inspire others to reach their full potential.

This week, 125 students from Milford High School and Milford Middle School, grades 7-12, will be participating in the Milford workshop (the highest attendance to date), including MHS chorus, band and theater students.

The director of the Milford Young Americans program is Jennifer K. Erdody, Vocal Music Director. MHS and MMS and teachers Jennifer Lowy (band) and Beverly Erickson (chorus) are very excited to have so many in attendance.

Milford and Nashua are the only two schools in New Hampshire that will host the Young Americans, who only tour the Northeast every three years.

Abby Bilik, an 11th-grade voice workshop and band student said, “Every year after the last workshop, I kept thinking, ‘I can’t wait for them to come back.’ It was such a great experience. This year, I’m excited that I can get my friends to do it with me and share this love for music that I have, and they love it too.”

Delaney Parker, a 10th-grade voice workshop and West Street Beat member said, “It was nice to see people who were younger than my regular teachers teaching us because I felt like they could really relate to us more than teachers at school. This year, the Young Americans are doing a bunch of Broadway songs with us, and I’m really excited for that.”

The Young Americans program is supported by the Milford High School Music Boosters and Milford Middle School Music Boosters, and by the MHS athletics department, who has given up the gym for three days so the workshop can be held there.

Performances are Saturday, Oct. 25, at Milford High School, 100 West St., at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Nashua High School North, Chuck Druding Drive, at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performances and tickets will be available at the door. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

High school students will have the opportunity to audition for the Young Americans College of Performing Arts, Corona, Calif., after the workshop.