Friday , 18 August 2017

The Next Generation: McKinney’s Phantom Has Broadway Dreams

By Nikki Darling, TSB Staff

McKinney is a place full of talent, and local star Michael Williams is no stranger to that scene. Beginning his career only three short years ago at 15 years old, Michael has taken McKinney by force and shone through the power of performance and most importantly, his voice.

With eight musicals under his belt Michael took the stage as Phantom in the ever so famous musical Phantom of the Opera. Performed by the McKinney Boyd High School’s Broadway Broncos, the show soared to fame as four of its main actors and actresses were nominated for recognition at the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

“I was so blessed to be among such talented actors and I was so honored to win,” said Michael Williams about winning Best Actor at the awards ceremony. “It was slightly overwhelming, but I loved every second of it!”

Michael then represented McKinney in New York as he went to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, or the Jimmy’s. Sixty of the best high school performers from all over the nation were competing this time. “Although I did not win, I was so honored to be among such talented kids,” said Michael. “I made close friends and connections for the future.”

With performing set in his sites Michael went straight from competing in the Jimmy’s to attending the CAP21 musical theatre conservatory professional program in New York. While his plans for the fall semester aren’t definite he knows he is going to hit the ground running and audition, audition, audition for the next year. If he decides to go back home and go to college, Oklahoma City University is his top choice for its noted musical theatre and opera programs.

As for long-term goals? McKinney’s star is sticking to what he loves.

“I plan on pursuing a career on Broadway and later moving to TV,” said Michael. “I will never stop working my craft and perfecting my performance skills.”

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