In July 2021, musical theatre major Sally Shaw ’23 was visiting her home in Dallas, Texas, when a series of life-changing events started to unfold.
Shaw heard that the theatre magazine Playbill was accepting video entries for its “Search for A Star” contest, which is designed to help bring new talent to Broadway. Although the deadline was approaching fast, she decided to take part.
Shaw submitted a one-minute performance of the song “Stay” from Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen’s musical Amélie, on the final day before the deadline.
“I thought, I should just record something and turn it in,” she said. “I hadn’t really been performing for a while, I needed to get back in the swing of things. I really didn’t think much of it. I figured, no matter what someone would watch this.”
They did more than watch it. Shaw’s performance, judged by industry professionals and then voted on by the public, won the contest. It also earned her coaching and audition opportunities from some of the biggest names in the theatre industry, which could help launch her career in theatre.