Start theater, vocal alumni plan reunionWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Roy C. Start High School theater and vocal alumni are invited to an informal reunion Sunday, August 5, in the Secor Room at Secor Metropark. Attendees are welcome to bring musical instruments, snacks, and lawn games to the event, which will last from noon til 11:00PM. A catered meal will be served at 4 p.m. for a small fee.
The gathering is the brainchild of Paul John Stanbery, who taught at Start from 1977 to 1981. Stanbery believes strongly in the importance of reaching young people with serious music and has become well-known throughout the state for his work in that regard. Currently music director and conductor for Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Stanbery is also founder and artistic director of Hamilton’s Ohio Mozart Festival. He has collaborated with such famed conductors as Robert Shaw, Eric Kunzel, and Keith Lockhart.
Stanbery is not the only notable former associate of Start’s theatre and music departments; several Start students have gone on to successful careers in the performing arts, among them, Lori McClain, a comedienne with The Second City in Chicago; Lou Saliba, an LA-based film and television actor; and operatic baritone Brian Davis, who has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Davis, whose steady gig is with Hannover Opera, Germany, says of his days at Start High School, “My years as a student in orchestra, jazz band, and choir under the nurturing guidance of Paul Stanbery were crucial in my decision to pursue opera as a profession. They provided me with a solid foundation and love for the stage and music that have lasted throughout my career. For that I am eternally grateful!”
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