An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Madison Theatre
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Among those young performers that Roberts took under wing, is Sarah Losner, 17-year-old senior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick. The young singer-actress, who will be entering Molloy College next fall, is already acclaimed throughout Long Island for her work in regional and community theater. She will appear in this concert, along with her sister, Julia Losner, 14, who is an eighth grader at Merrick Avenue Middle School.
Sarah Losner has been enamored with Roberts since she first appeared in “Oklahoma!” as a student in Usdan Center’s summer performing arts program. “I love singing and musical theater,” Losner said. “Joan was very helpful to me and gave me some great insight into performing. It is important to honor her memory for those that she has helped. I am glad to have this opportunity to perform at Molloy, where I will be going to school.”
“Sarah is extremely well trained, with an angelic, operatic voice who is perfect for this type of music,” said Bider, an Oceanside resident, who teaches music in the Oceanside School District and is Director of Musical Productions for Oceanside Middle and High Schools. “She exemplifies the type of young performer Joan would encourage and by having her participate, we are continuing Joan’s legacy of furthering young talent and her love of musical theater. Sarah’s sister, Julia, is another example of a young girl who is incredibly talented.” A triple threat, the younger Losner sings, acts and composes music.
The Losner sisters join an ensemble of Broadway veterans and current young performers. Lee Meriwether, Marni Nixon, Lee Roy Reams and Frank Basile headline a cast that features Alyse Alan Louis, Nikki Renee Daniels, Nina Hennessey, David Hibbard, Timothy Hughes, Jeff Kready, and Sal Viviano.
“We’ve assembled a lineup of great talent that’s really special,” Bider said. “This show has something for everyone, with music that people never get tired of hearing.”