MyMacy's Day Parade 2013, WPIX had this to say......"on their way to wow 5th Avenue! Thank you Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio and Performing Arts! Your performance was fantastic, once again! Such talent!!"
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West Allegheny Crooner, 12, a Finalist in 'Kean Quest'
Shane Treloar has performed in front of crowds at PNC Park and Consol Energy Center.
By Jenna Staul March 7, 2013
Shane Treloar is hoping the third time is the charm.
The 12-year-old West Allegheny student from McDonald is vying in this third Kean Quest Talent Search—the 10th annual Gibsonia talent showcase for Pittsburgh-area vocalists.
Last year, after performing a series of showtunes that wowed judges, Shane was named runner-up in the singing competition. He landed a finalist spot in his first year in the show.
"He made it all the way to the finals last year, and he thought he'd give it another shot," said Shane's mother, Kim Treloar.
The popular local talent competition, formerly known as Kean Idol, boasts singing sensation and ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Jackie Evancho and the face of the Eat n’ Park restaurant chain Sarah Marince, a Moon Township native, as former contestants.
Shane, who has belted the National Anthem at Pirates and Penguins games and appeared in the Pittsburgh Macy's Day Parade, hones his performances at Prunzik's Broadway Dance & Performing Arts Studio on Steubenville Pike.
The young crooner started singing at the age of 8 and has already attracted the eye of Broadway talent scouts, Treloar said.
"He's training to be a triple threat," Treloar said. "Singing, dancing, acting, he just loves to be on stage."
Kean Quest serves as a benefit for the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, and features both youth and adult singing categories.
The grand prize includes several hours in a recording studio.
"And that would just be wonderful," said Treloar of the prize. "(Kean Quest) is just such a wonderful event. He gets to meet other kids who are interested in the arts, and that's something that's really important."
The next round of Kean Quest takes place on March 10.
~ Robinson-Moon Patch, March 2013
Glen Osborne teen lands role in ‘42nd Street’
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Gabriela Zucckero said being a part of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of “42nd Street,” has been an “absolutely mind-blowing experience.”
The Glen Osborne 15-year-old was chosen as one of the dancers in the production's iconic opening tap number for the musical running through Sunday at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
“I can honestly say that the first practice was a bit overwhelming,” said Zucckero, who just finished her freshman year at Quaker Valley High School.
“It was basically like being tossed into reality after years of preparation.
“The number is absolutely crazy, but after about 24 hours of processing in my head, the number finally stuck,” she said.
Zucckero, who has won several awards in dance, singing and acting, got involved with “42nd Street” when CLO officials called Broadway Dance Studio and Performing Arts in Robinson, where she takes lessons about three times a week.
They were recruiting teens ages 15 and older to audition for the opening number. Owner Karen Prunzik told them she had just the girl for them.
“I was very grateful for that,” Zucckero said.
Although the opening number is the only scene in which Zucckero participates because she wasn't old enough to audition for the regular company, she said she is “very fortunate to still be a part of this show and treated very much like an adult company member.”
Zucckero said she has been performing parts of the show for Prunzik's studio since she was 8 years old.
Just recently, she performed the number “Go Into Your Dance” from “42nd Street” in New York City at St. Luke's Theatre with Prunzik for the “Dancers Over 40” celebration.
Three of the six performers who performed the number that night were original cast members of “42nd Street,” including Prunzik, who originated the role of Anytime Annie on Broadway.
The performance was recorded for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Archives for History.
“This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life performing in New York City in a program with world-renown dancers and being recorded for history,” Zucckero said.
“I felt a bit of pressure about the one big chance being recorded for the years to come. But, it finally just made me embrace the moment even more.”
Zucckero started taking dance lessons at age 3 years with Prunzik when she taught in Sewickley and then followed her when she opened her own studio in Robinson.
She takes piano lessons with Maureen Valenzi and has taken voice lessons with Etta Cox, a Broadway Dance faculty member, for three years.
She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz and theater.
She also has performed in middle school and high school productions at Quaker Valley, where she participates in honors choir and the Quaker Valley Ensemble. She was dance captain for her high school's production of “Anything Goes” this year.
Her first performance was when she was 5 years old and played Dorothy in the Sewickley School of Performing Arts production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
In the future, Zucckero plans to participate in the Steps on Broadway program in New York, for which she won a scholarship through the Onstage New York competition.
“Being Gabriela's teacher since she was 3 years old has not only been a joy but an honor,” Prunzik said.
“It is not often you come across a student who diligently and passionately works as hard as Gabriela always has. It is no surprise to me she is one of 13 students in the tri-state area chosen out of more than 50 to be a part of CLO's ‘42nd Street.' I couldn't be more proud.”
Zucckero said her goals for the future include attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, auditioning for and getting into a few Broadway shows and possibly being a part of at musical-theater department in an intense performing-arts college.
“Honestly, I have been performing for so long that I can't even remember when performing was not a big part of my life,” she said.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
World's a stage for young 'triple threat'
By Joanne Barron, SEWICKLEY HERALD
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Gabriela Zucckero has been described as a threat, but she doesn't mind.
"Actually, I'm a triple threat," the Quaker Valley eighth-grader said, laughing.
She's only threatening on the stage.
Gabriela, 13, dances, sings and acts -- all well, says Karen Prunzik, her teacher at Broadway Dance Studio & Performing Arts in Robinson.
This spring, the Glen Osborne teen's talents have won her the Best Vocalist Award at Onstage New York at Cornell High School, where she received the Triple Threat Scholarship to Joe Lanteri's New York City Dance Alliance Summer Intensive. And she won a Platinum Award after portraying Judy Garland in "Get Happy" from the movie "Summer Stock" at Onstage and an Access Broad competition at the Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt.
She and her partner, Natalie Sciulli, a seventh-grader at West Allegheny Middle School, also won Platinum Awards and a first-place score in both competitions for tap dancing to "Begin the Beguine" from "Broadway Melody" 1940.
Gabriela who has been performing with Natalie for eight years, played the part of Fred Astaire, wearing a suit and slicking back her hair into a bun.
Prunzik helped the girls with the choreography, which she said "is of one of the most notorious and difficult tap numbers in movie history."
Gabriela admitted it was a difficult piece to perform.
"It was really hard, but it was great choreography. It was the actual choreography done by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell."
Gabriela also appeared in the Broadway Performing Arts production "LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!" at various local summer festivals this year.
She again performed "Get Happy" and also played a cyclone in the "The Wizard of Oz" piece in the show held at West Allegheny High School auditorium.
This summer, after deciding to save the scholarship she won in New York for another year, Gabriela participated in Broadway Dance's Summer Intensive,
Gabriela also was chosen as a volunteer assistant to Kaylin Poorman at Broadway Performing Arts for the second year for its Princess Camp, where 3- to 5-year-olds learned dances from such pieces as "Ballet Princesses," "Coppelia," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella."
"It was a huge success, and Gabriela was a huge help. Gabriela is an extremely hard worker, and she has such a passion for everything she does," Prunzik said.
Gabriela, daughter of Richard and Renee Zucckero, recently began taking piano lessons and would like to earn a master's degree in music at Carnegie Mellon and perform on Broadway one day.
"Knowing Gabriela and teaching her since she was a baby, watching her grow into such a lovely, mature young lady has been a joy for me," Prunzik said.
PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE'S DANCE CRITIC, JANE VRANISH
ON STAGE: FROM BROADWAY TO PITTSBURGH
It’s that time of year when local dance studios unveil the fruits of their labors. When I can schedule it, I like to visit a couple of new locations to better assess the quality and quantity of the Pittsburgh area dance scene. After all, I still assert that local dance studios are Pittsburgh’s hidden treasure.
The first I was able to attend this year was Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio recital at West Allegheny High School. Karen has strong Broadway roots (“42nd Street,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”) and plays to her strengths, as does staff member and Pittsburgh theater icon Lenora Nemetz (“Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Gypsy”).
Students at BDS volunteer to be in the recital and all rehearsals are conducted outside of technique classes. Led by Karen, the staff sets up a theme, this year called “Lights! Camera! Action!,” and produces a night of entertainment that includes theatrical sketches, song and, of course, dance.
“Lights!” focused on the history of film, though, and it was a choice extravaganza. The students actually participated in a history lesson, from Mack Sennett to Ann Miller and . As for me, I was delighted to see actual film clips — “42nd Street,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “American in Paris” among them.
Karen also showed Gene Kelly’s acceptance speech at the American Film Institute, where he said he wanted to be a Pittsburgh Pirate baseball player — a real slice of local dance history!
The tap numbers, in particular were, well, tip top. Two of her students, Natalie Sciulli and Gabriela Zueckero (only 11 years old!) took off on a Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell number, “Begin the Beguine” from “Broadway Melody of 1940.” The duo was spot on the original choreography, echoing each other in swift succession.
Karen and friends also took the Mack Sennett idea to another level with a silent movie based on a Keystone Kops scenario and filmed on local train tracks.
All I can say is that I was continually intrigued by the inventiveness of the show. Karen and company bring a real sense of professionalism and dedication to the Pittsburgh dance school scene.
Jane Vranish, Cross Currents
TAP! PART TWO!
A FUN EVENING OF TAP AND TALK,
HONORING JUNE TAYLOR &
They said it couldn’t be done. They said nobody could do it! Yes, TAP! was back again at St. Luke’s Theater and on the DO40 agenda, filled with performances and panel discussion, with plenty of video…and live “dish” for every dance and theater enthusiast to savour!
Rare 50’s and 60’s footage of the June Taylor Dancers was provided by Craig Horwich, June Taylor’s nephew (Marilyn Taylor was his mother, Jackie Gleason his stepfather). Craig is head of Jackie Gleason Enterprises, and Jackie played an important role in the career of June Taylor. Panelists Mercedes Ellington, Diana Baffa Brill, Jane Defalco, Karen Prunzik and Horwich recalled the days of the June Taylor Dance School on 56th & Broadway, where just about everyone took class – ballet, tap, jazz, modern – you name it.
The Rockettes panel – and performers -- stuffed the stage of St. Luke’s like a Carnegie Deli pastrami sandwich! Ann Murphy, Mary Six Rupert, Jean Preece, Jennifer Jiles, Joyce Nolen, Maryelle Scilla, Sandy Scilla Gendell, Jeri Kansas, Dottie Bell, Lillian Colon (the first Latina Rockette), Eileen Woods, Madeline Jaye, Mary Lilygren Kane, Setsuko Maruhashi (the first Asian Rockette), Kimberley Corp and Katherine Corp, six of whom performed a precision and unison dance to, what else? New York, New York!
Performances abounded! A snappy Spanish tap number, featuring Linda Rose Iennaco, Barbara Massey and Kathy Conry, a recreation of Go into Your Dance from 42NDSTREET, with Lee Roy Reams, Karen Prunzik, James Dybas, Karen Calloway, Kathy Callahan, and Gabriela Zucckero, and the solo, star 11pm slot (at 10:45 – we finished on time!) with Luke Spring, the 9-year old tap prodigy from A CHRISTMAS STORY.
Kudos to Karin Baker for organizing, compiling and rounding up these bevvy of beauties! Moderators Harvey Evans, Mary Six Rupert and Lee Roy Reams led the panels. And the audience was included in the discussion, with a shout out to the tappers/performers in the audience right before intermission.
Most special moment of the evening: Before Craig Horwich left to fly back to Chicago, he thanked us for honoring his aunt, saying that this is the way she – and his mother -- would like to be remembered, by their peers and fellow dancers. Priceless.
DANCERS OVER 40 PRESENTS… TAP! Part Two!
A PANEL AND PERFORMANCE FEATURING AMERICAN ICONS
THE JUNE TAYLOR DANCERS AND THE ROCKETTES
Hosted by Lee Roy Reams and Harvey Evans
Monday March 4, 8pm
St. Luke's Theater, 308 West 46th Street
TAP!, Part Two! continues Dancers Over 40’s examination of the art form that America loves! For those watching TV in the mid 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, choreographer June Taylor was the lady with the precision dance team seen on the Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason shows on a weekly basis. Her dancers personified ensemble dancing, doing tap, jazz and even an occasional ballet. And because of the national reach of television, America was able to view a style of professional dance previously left to those who only could afford to go to NYC to see a Broadway show… or the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall!
DO40 produced a panel on the Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet in 2009, and thought it was time to take on the “other side of the stage,” – the Rockettesthemselves. This evening’s panel and performance features over a dozen June Taylor Dancers and Rockettes, and celebrates the work of the Ensemble, including a rousing Act I live performance of “Go Into Your Dance” from 42ndStreet, with many from the original Broadway company. Featured performers include Lee Roy Reams, James Dybas, Kathy Callahan and Karen Calloway. Mercedes Ellington, Karen Prunzik, Gene Foote and Jane DeFalco discuss their years with June Taylor, moderated by Lee Roy Reams. And the Rockettes, well, their stories could take us to TAP! Part Three! The Rockettes on hand include Mary Six Rupert, Trudy Carson Sales, Jean Preece, Jennifer Jiles, Joyce Nolen, Maryellen Scilla, Sandy Scilla, Lillian Colon, Eileen Woods, Judy Little, Ann Murphy and Dottie Bell, many of whom are also members of Dancers Over 40, moderated by Harvey Evans. Also featured, two very young tappers (learning from the pro’s!): 9-year-old Luke Spring (featured in Christmas Story on Broadway last season) and 14-year-oldGabriela Zucckero, direct from Pittsburgh and Karen Prunzik’s dance studio. Teachers are a very important component here and will also be featured in a panel discussion moderated by Tony Vaag, and include Mary Jane Houdina, Crystal Chapman, Lynn Schwab, Linda Rose Iennaco and Lars Rosager. There will also be a performance from Linda Rose Iennaco’s tap troupe, withKathy Conry, Barbara Massey and Linda herself!
Dancers Over 40 is dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. To that end, the event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.
Congratulations Ciara, Maeve, and Cait Donohue for being featured in the Sewickley Edition of TribLive!
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Shane in Kean Idol Competition.
October 1, 2012
Congratulations to our Senior Montour High School student, Lani Coleman, as well as Freshmen Quaker Valley High School student Gabriela Zucckero on making the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District One Honors Choir.
News Alert: Choral Students selected to regional honors choir
Five Quaker Valley High School students have been selected through competitive audtions to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District One Honors Choir. Seniors Rachel Silverstein and Rebecca Silverstein, juniors Joseph Daval and KJ Devlin; as well as freshmen Gabriela Zucckero were selected from among students throughout Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
These Quaker Valley choral students will rehearse and perform under the direction of Guest conductors Dr. Lynn Drafal, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at The Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Steven Barr, director of choirs and assistant professor of theory at Slippery Rock University, and Dr. Steven Barr, director of choirs and assistant professor of theory at Slippery Rock University. Dr. Drafal and Dr. Barr will conduct the women's and men's choirs respectively.
The PMEA Honors Choir festival will be held Nov. 2-3, 2012, at Seton Hill University.
PMEA is an affiliate of the 65,000-member Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators, as well as those in the music industry.
A newsmaker you should know 10-year-old is clear winner singing anthem at Bucs game
Shannon M Nass
Shane Treloar of North Fayette has been described as the boy with the golden voice.
On Sept. 14, the 10-year-old crooner became the first boy to sing the National Anthem before a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
He delivered a flawless performance before the Pirates played the St. Louis Cardinals in an afternoon game.
"He nailed it," said Kim Treloar, Shane's mother. "He hit every note and he sang the song the right way. He didn't add anything to it. He sang it the way it's supposed to be sung."
Mrs. Treloar said she was nervous viewing Shane's performance from the sidelines and that it is probably a feeling that will never go away, no matter how many performances he gives. Shane said he was a little nervous as well. Fortunately, his excitement overcame his fear as he lived out his longtime dream.
"It was a really big crowd and I really wanted to perform in front of thousands of people," he said.
The invitation to sing at the game came as a surprise to Shane. Unbeknownst to him, his grandmother, Kathy Dugan of Monroeville, had sent in a video of him singing God Bless America in August before a game of the Washington Wild Things, the Frontier League team based in Washington, Pa.
After viewing the video, Christine Serkoch, Pirates marketing director, called Shane and invited him to sing at PNC Park.
"I was like, 'oh my gosh, this is my dream,' " he said. "I was so excited and just amazed."
Shane's performance at the game sparked some media attention that he said has stirred up some mixed feelings.
"I feel kind of weird because I never get this much attention and I was never on the news," he said. "I'm feeling happy and weird at the same time."
After the performance, Shane had the opportunity to meet some of the Pirate players and have his shirt autographed.
"This is something he'll always remember," said Mrs. Treloar.
Shane's musical ability began at a young age. According to Mrs. Treloar, he began singing as soon as he could talk.
"There was music coming out of his mouth constantly," she said.
Shane's talents became evident to his family on Thanksgiving Day when he was 7 years old. He had seen the movie Titanic and become enthralled with the songs, especially "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.
After dinner, family members persuaded Shane to sing the song for them. Mrs. Treloar said the reaction of the family was unexpected.
"I watched the faces of everyone around the table and some of them were crying and everybody's mouths were open," she said. "I said to my husband that night, 'wow, we have something here.' "
A few months later, he performed the song at his school's talent show and elicited the same reactions from the audience.
His talent caught the attention of Karen Prunzik of Broadway Dance Studio in Robinson and upon her recommendation, Shane was enrolled in singing, dancing, and acting classes. The idea was to make him a "triple threat" by teaching him the three disciplines.
Shane's training involves jazz, ballet, tap and musical theater classes three times a week and weekly voice lessons from Pittsburgh vocalist Etta Cox.
"Even athletes will tell you, if this is something you want to pursue and be good at, you give your time to it," said Mrs. Treloar.
Shane is working toward his next goal of appearing on "America's Got Talent." As for his biggest dream, Shane said he hopes to someday appear on Broadway.Shannon M. Nass, freelance writer
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Children's Hospital Fundraiser
Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio & Performing Arts raised over $750 from their special Benefit matinee Musical Production of "Christmas in New York" written and directed by Broadway legend, Lenora Nemetz and held at David E Williams Middle School in Coraopolis on December 19, 2010.
Rather than offer a monetary check to Children's Hospital, the cast members decided to purchase Christmas gifts for the patients. We were told that most gifts donated to the Hospital were toys for children and what was most needed on Christmas Day were gifts for teenage patients.
Our older cast members met at the Robinson Mall the day after the show and began shopping until the money ran out. They purchased the perfect gifts for the teens, cool slippers, ipod ear buds, sparkly journals and pens, fuzzy pajama pants and sweats, knit hats and baseball caps and the list goes on and on. They were so proud and happy when they were finished and I was very proud that not only did they shop so well but that they were so happy to do so.
They took their gifts to Children's the next day. Unfortunately because they are under the age of 18, they are not able to visit the patients and present their gifts in person. But they had the honor of meeting with the Vice President of RN, Diane Hull, who graciously explained to the kids what these gifts will mean to the patients.
I will never forget her talk with my students or the look on their faces as she told them what Christmas would be like for the 25 teenage patients on Christmas morning. She explained that as much as the Hospital Employees try to make the Holiday a Festive one for them, many of them will not have family visit them for various reasons. And most of them will not receive gifts.
Looking at the numerous bags of gifts the kids brought with them, she added that this year she was sure that every teen would receive a gift because of them.
I looked at my students and I could see their eyes well up a bit.
Diane then told them that she has worked at Children's Hospital for 25 years and this was the first time she has ever experienced young people such as them doing what they did for these teen patients.
That is when I knew Christmas had touched Broadway Dance Studio.
Our very own Shane Treloar made the TOP 30 at St. Barnabas Charity event, Kean Idol! Shane won the Audience choice award!
GREAT JOB Shane!!!
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