Teens Sing In Harmony
By Jillian Bietz
Seventeen-year-old Alex Scolari has found a way to incorporate her love of performing to help those in need. Despite her busy schedule of singing lessons, dance classes and rehearsals, the high school junior at the Buckley school in Los Angeles Scolari felt determined to do something meaningful after hearing that a classmate had been diagnosed with cancer. With the help of Buckley's singing group, The Monotones, Scolari created "In Harmony" a benefit show for their classmate.
Tell me about the show you are producing and the student at your school who inspired you.
Last year a young student [thirteen-year-old Carter] at my school was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. All the students were deeply affected ... We knew that we had to do something that would benefit this beautiful young girl. I had been thinking about putting together a show for a while now, and I'm so happy that this is finally happening.
How did you "spread the word" and get others involved with the project?
With the help from my fellow Tones, we launched " In Harmony". I didn't have to do much to get everyone's involvement and help. I noticed that even as I was just speaking about planning the event with some of my performer friends they immediately wanted to help, and perform in the show. I am so grateful to have such talented and giving friends, and everyone has come together for Carter.
What will the show entail?
The show consists of 21 singers, from multiple private schools and arts schools around all of Los Angeles. We are coming together to give back by doing what we love, singing. The funds that we raise will go to Carter and her future, and road to full recovery. We are so happy to be able to give back especially by singing. I organized the booking of the venue, casting the event, setting up rehearsals, sound checks, and fundraising.
What is your primary goal for putting on the show?
My primary goal for putting on this show is for Carter to know that everyone is still thinking about and praying for her. Everyone has always supported her, and we will never stop. In fact, we are already planning another event in the near future.
What have you learned that surprised you most?
Throughout this experience, and planning this event, I have realized that in a time of need, everyone comes together. Even people who have never met or seen Carter before, but have only heard her story, jumped on the opportunity to help and give back. When everyone unites together, it truly forms a special bond. This event will be a memory that I share and keep with me throughout my entire life.
Alex Scolari has performed on stage since age five. Recently, she played Charity in Buckley's musical performance of "Sweet Charity." She plans to major in musical theater with a BFA.
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