Through the years, my involvement and work for Applause has brought me more joy than one can truly measure. I'm so aligned with their vision and feel so committed to helping their mission to bring the love and appreciation of the performing arts to all of their students. I love sharing their performances in photographs so they can see the results of their hard work. For more than 10 years I've watched these incredibly dedicated and talented kids through my lens and seen them grow-up into young adults. Many have become friends with my kids (who also are in the Applause family) and many have become mitzvah clients as well. The 20th Anniversary Gala took place at the home of Applause, the Dicapo Theater and alumni from around the country came to celebrate Audrey Kaplan and her wonderful Applause program. It was the most amazing evening.
Here's a shout-out to past 20 years of the Applause Family:
Founder: Audrey Kaplan
Former & Current Teachers:
Richard Alvarez, Nathaniel Beliveau, Adrielle Belle, Jonathan Brenner, Heather Capelle, Matthew Conti, Erika Foss, Emily Gatesman, Nekira Grant, Lee Kasper, Alex LeFavre, Micchaela Lieberman, Zack McFadden, Kristen Orechiwsky, Emily Pinas, Maureen Russell, Ronnie Rios, Lou Steele, Amanda Stein, Charlie Stevens, Lana Stevens, Danicah Waldo, Katie Thewes
Musical Direction by Peter Capelle | Choreography by Katie Thewes
Samantha Barat, Erich Bergen, Stefan Dorosz, Anthony Fazio, Giselle Grant, Drew Hirsh, Sara Kramer, Richie Moreno, Amanda Perez, Katherine Radin, Jed Resnick, Marcus Richardson, Andy Sandberg, Sas Simon, Sabastian Stan, Emily Stern, Jessica Trager, Jessica Waxman
20th Anniversary Honoree: Marcus Richardson
Current "A" Class:
Jairyn Arias, Sabrina Finkelstein, Andy Hartman, Eden Jurick
Adam Kern, Maggie Langer, Ava Levinson, Dorothy Lorenz, Katie Marshall, Max Nusbaum, Alex O'She, Sherlicia Patrick, Sammy Pignalosa, Violet Prisk, Gabby Rosenbloom, Sara Rosenthal, Sofia Roth, Flora Sahlman, Alex Seigerman, Diana Stettner, Cammie Swain, Chase Thede, Chrlotte Wolf
Musical Direction by Mark Janas | Choreography by Sari Breuer
Special thank you to Melissa Rosenbloom and her Gourmet Advisory team, Total Entertainment, Jennifer Gould, Jen Stoler (for her cool Applause beanies) and Paolo Ferraris for their support on this event.