Treble Threats sing – and sign – ‘Onstage’

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Treble Threats sing – and sign – ‘Onstage’

Treble Threats sing – and sign – ‘Onstage’

Treble Threats sing – and sign – ‘Onstage’

Michael Izzo , @MIzzoDR 4:32 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2017

This is the 14th in a series of profiles highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

MORRISTOWN – A trio of Morristown High School juniors with a passion for singing – and signing – will step on the Mayo Performing Arts Center stage to perform a classic.

The Treble Threats – Nile Birch, Anna Skelton, and Victoria Fanning – will sing John Lennon’s Imagine, while also performing the song in American Sign Language.
“Imagine” is one of Skelton’s favorite songs, and the trio were inspired to incorporate sign language because some of their favorite shows and musicals, like “Glee” and “Spring Awakening,” have done the same.

All three Treble Threats are well-trained for the spotlight. Skelton and Fanning began taking performing classes at MPAC at eight years old, while Birch has been playing the trumpet since he was five and started taking musical theater classes at 13.

Leading up to the show, the trio has a busy few months planned. In addition to their classes, all three are members of the high school Theatre Board and are part of the Mayo Performing Arts Company.

Birch, Skelton, and Fanning are all also rehearsing for lead roles in the high school’s upcoming “Legally Blonde” musical. And with the Morristown High School Theater ensemble set to give a special preview performance of “Legally Blonde” at Morristown Onstage, the Treble Threats will take the stage twice on March 1.

But while the trio will certainly keep busy, they’ll find time do the other things they enjoy.

Fanning loves to eat everything bagels with olive cream cheese, watch “Friends” and “The Office,” and listen to show tunes. Birch plans to snack on some Oreos while watching “The Bachelor” and listening to Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. Skelton will take anything Italian to eat while she watches “The Big Bang Theory” and listens to the Beatles.

Should they win Morristown Onstage, they plan to split the money evenly and use it to save for college and donate the rest to charity.

But they insist it’s not about winning, as long as the message of Lennon’s “Imagine” reaches the audience.

The group said the chose the song because it not only fit with their style and voices, but has a powerful message about peace. They said the message is “immensely important” and felt the world needed to hear it now more than ever.

Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com

Morristown Onstage

What: A show featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, presented by and benefiting the Morris Educational Foundation.

When: Wednesday, March 1

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. in Morristown.

Tickets: On sale starting Feb. 1. Prices range from $25 to $75. For information, call MPAC at 973-539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.

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