PHOTO CALL: Young Performers from Matilda, Kinky Boots, Annie, Violet and More Take the Stage in Story Shifters Benefit

By Matthew Blank
November 6, 2013

Young performers from stage, film and television were part of the Songs for Story Shifters benefit concert Nov. 4 at Stage 72 in The Triad Theater.

The 5 PM and 7:30 PM concerts benefited Story Shifters, an education residency program providing free theatre education to New York City students with autism and other learning disabilities.

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Taylor Richardson
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The performances featured the talents of Mallory Bechtel (Home, Fly), Amaya Braganza (Annie), Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie), Emma Howard (Matilda), Marquise Neal (Kinky Boots), Rachel Resheff (Shrek, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, People in the Picture), Taylor Richardson (Annie), Julianna Rigoglioso (Mary Poppins, Far From Heaven), Laurissa "Lala" Romain (South Pacific), Brooklyn Shuck (Annie), Lina Silver (Happiness, Shakespeare in the Park), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita, Les Miserables), Sadie Sink (Annie, Tuck Everlasting), Emerson Steele (Violet), Jaron Cole, Lauren Dodds, Lauren Echausse, Ali Giordano, Elise Pakiela and Sophie Thatcher.

Tyrah Skye Odoms and Steven Strafford hosted. Ruby Shivers directed.

Tiffany Schleigh, Kimberly Strafford and Nora Strafford produced the concerts.