Rising local talent and South King Media Columnist Cassidy Huff just doesn’t stop, as she recently won first place in Seattle Rep’s August Wilson Monologue Competition.
This is a national competition that starts at the local level each year at the Rep, and Cassidy’s been doing this for three years, starting in her sophomore year. It’s part of the youth engagement program at the Rep.
Cassidy has the option of attending coaching sessions on Saturdays, and then a competition in February each year.
“She should have been in NYC the day before she turned 18 to perform on Broadway,” he Mom Shannon LeBleusaid. “But obviously we stayed home.”
Here’s what Playbill posted in their story about this:
Name: Cassidy Huff Age: 18
High School: Mount Rainier High School
Monologue I performed: Vera; Seven Guitars
I chose this piece because: I thought it would be challenging and because it was my third year in the competition, I really wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone.
Something I admire about August Wilson: He was able to touch and connect with so many people by writing plays and creating characters that everyone can relate to in some capacity.
Theatre gives me hope because… It makes me feel like I can do anything. It makes me feel like I can actually make a difference in this world, and connect with people just like August Wilson did.
After high school my dream is to… Be on Broadway and to show others with disabilities that a career in the theatre is possible no matter what you look like. I want to be what I didn’t have growing up, I want others to look at me performing and think to themselves, “Well if she can do it, I can too!”
Here’s Cassidy’s video audition:
“We are super proud of her,” her Mom added.
Yeah…we are too!