SFA is proud to recognize this YOUNG COMPANY Member!

 

 

Payton Brogna, 16

Inaugural Young Company Member

 

 

 

“Hearing the audience clap and cheer is a great feeling, but just knowing that you were able to share and let them be part of your story is something truly incredible.”- Payton

 

 

 

Our Young Company are student age performers who have shown excellence in performance, who show a gift for expressing beauty and truth in a personal and unique way. Yet, even greater they pull performance from their heart…these performers have embraced the power of the arts in their lives and beyond striving to live truth onstage to spread love off. They embody the Mission of Sing For America

Payton’s Intro!

I first started with Sing For America in search of something more. I was only 13, but I felt I needed to find a meaning behind what I was doing. My previous acting experience was fun and all, but I never truly knew the reason for what I was doing. I was seeking motivation. A motivation to get me through every song, dance, and scene throughout a show. After starting with Sing For America, I have found exactly what I was searching for. “The art of truth and life.” It is as simple as that.

          Sing For America has made me look at life differently. I’ve found integrity in what I am doing and truly appreciate their words of wisdom. It doesn’t take long to encounter the feeling of family with Sing For America. They share so much love and kindness to any person that chooses to accept it. Every show tells a story. Every performance instills a memory. Every time I walk on stage energy and excitement rushes through my body. Hearing the audience clap and cheer is a great feeling, but just knowing that you were able to share and let them be part of your story is something truly incredible.  Below are memories I got the opportunity to share with some wonderful people. -2018, Payton Brogna, 14

Payton’s Show Journal

Little Shop Fall 2017-Dancer

Peter Pan Christmas 2017 – Indian, Wendy Daughter

Spring 2018 Series: Hamilton and Showman

Mermaid+ Woods+Heights Summer Series 2018

Willy Wonka Christmas 2018- Veruca Salt

Godspell 2019- Disciple

School Of Rock Spring 2019 – Horace Green Student

Joseph + Tuck Summer 2019- Ruby Dancer, Winnie Tuck

Annie Christmas 2019- Housemaid Dancer

Children Of Eden Spring 2020- Creation

HSM + Pandora Summer 2020- Cheerleader,  Aphrodite

HSM+PANDORA, SUMMER 2020

 “…We are all in this together…we are all on the same journey, and each person plays an important role in each other’s paths...’ 

 

 

 

The 2020 summer camp show was High School Musical. What. A. Show. We had more time to connect with this show than any other camp before.Expand Story

  This show gave me the opportunity to take the songs I had known the words to all my life and truly KNOW the words. Being able to dive into and understand a story that I grew up watching is something I will forever be grateful for. When performing a story that you know extremely well, it takes acceptance that what you thought was true is wrong, and a willingness to change your perspective on a lot of things. I had to change my perspective frequently in this show, but I ended up seeing more clearly than ever before  in the end. If there was a show to happen at the absolute perfect time, it was this one. With so much disagreement and conflict in the world right now, the few things our world and I needed to hear were said loud and clear in this show. We are all in this together…we are all on the same journey, and each person plays an important role in each other’s paths. We share in our joys and in our sufferings. I’ve learned that though we consider many people a “hero” in our lives, there is truly only one hero of your story. This show has helped me to see where I confuse things often. When I ask a question, I start with the words “what” or “why.” Though it is very important to know why you are doing something or what it is that you are doing wrong, I never spent enough time asking myself questions starting with the word “who.” This show has taught me to focus on who I am doing things for. A question that if I start my day asking, I am confident that the rest will fall into place. By starting with the knowledge of who you are doing something for, the rest of your story is told and from there on you can see if you are doing something with love. In this show, I learned what the words “stick to the status quo” meant for other people and for myself. Some allow those words to completely control them, and others place themselves at a much higher standard. At the end of the day, I can’t see those words having a positive effect on anyone. Though I used to hear the words and comply with people’s opinions on why they have to or what their reason is, I now only see the opportunities and experiences that these words take away from so many people. So many people allow that phrase to take a piece of who they are. Why do we allow that? After all, they are just words. I have learned so much about greatness and what it takes for me to shine my light. If I am not allowing myself to be great, I am stealing away everybody else’s chance to be as well. When we comply with another’s opinion, we lose our opportunity to be great…but “when we allow our light to shine, we subconsciously give others the right to do so.” By allowing myself to be comfortable, I’m depriving myself and others from being great, and that is something I will forever be grateful to this show for teaching me. So, what’s to come? Bring it on. 

Annie, Christmas, 2019

 “…True friendship is keeping someone in your heart even if they are no longer there. I have learned that no matter if someone is not being a true friend to me , if I continue to pray for them and in my heart do everything I can to be a true friend to them, I have done my job.” 

 

     In the winter of 2020, we did the show Annie. Similar to Willy Wonka, we put a movie on stage. This show was absolutely incredible. The success of the show was one thing, but the heart of the show was another.Expand Story

  This show taught me about the wonderful aspects of true friendship, true love, pure innocence, and hope. The unconditional love that changed Daddy Warbucks at heart has taught me to accept all the things I am given in life, for I do not know what will impact me the most, and I do not know when it will be taken away. Annie taught me the virtues of hope, and innocence. Annie’s situation was not ideal. It is what causes many people around the world to feel constant pain and suffering, with a feeling of no escape. Annie had what not many seem to hold onto…hope. Annie’s hope showed her the light at the end of the tunnel. Annie showed that no matter what happened to her in life, there was always a greater good that she was looking forward to. She did not care how long she would be waiting, because all she cared about was the knowledge that it would come. I don’t want to ever let anyones words falter my beliefs just as Annie did not. Annie’s ability to still have such outpouring joy angered others. Her innocence and ability to hold onto what she knows is good made the other characters jealous of the gift that they have lost. This show more than any other taught me about friendship. I lost many friends during the rehearsal process for Annie. Some were not the truest of friends and stopped talking to me when I became homeschooled, and some were people I found very close to me that I do not have an excuse for.  I saw people’s true colors, and truly saw the people that were by my side as real, true friends. Annie taught me how to treat my friends with the respect that they deserve. True friendship is not in want of something for yourself, it is want of something for the other person. True friendship is taking your friends’ crosses as your own and struggling with them by their side. True friendship is willing good upon the other person no matter the circumstance. True friendship is keeping someone in your heart even if they are no longer there. I have learned that no matter if someone is not being a true friend to me , if I continue to pray for them and in my heart do everything I can to be a true friend to them, I have done my job. 

Annie has taught me lessons that I continue to carry throughout my everyday life. The lessons I have learned continue to come up whenever I meet somebody new. I want to face this world and every situation with the hope that Annie did. No matter the age, you can always learn from someone. Annie was a ten year old girl who taught the world how to hold onto the light and seek the good. We go through pain everyday, but it does not have to blind us to our goal. After all, the sun will ALWAYS come out tomorrow

 

Joseph + Tuck    Summer  2019

 “… I will forever carry with me the precious moments shared among castmates, and the amazing moments when we were able to connect to the audience..’ 

 

 

 

Next was Tuck Everlasting and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat. Joseph taught me so many lessons that I never knew I needed, and Tuck changed my perspective on life..Expand Story

  Both shows take real life experiences and put them in a way that we can connect to and relate to them on a daily basis. Joseph taught me about my relationships with other people, and Tuck taught me to think internally and about myself. The stories that are revealed in both  Tuck Everlasting and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat  are ones that truly make you think.  Ive learned to not cut myself off from any experiences coming my way…for I do not know what life lessons each will bring. Ive learned to appreciate every moment on earth and every moment on stage. I hold these shows responsible for teaching me to dive deeper into everything and really live. I will forever carry with me the precious moments shared among castmates, and the amazing moments when we were able to connect to the audience. The cast this summer was absolutely incredible and I’m so grateful for the ways we have grown as a cast and a family.I am extremely proud for all that we accomplished within these shows. This was most definitely a summer to remember.  

Mermaid+ Woods+Heights Summer Series 2018

 “…the true meaning of home. We grew very close as a cast during this show and that is something I will never take for granted. 

 

 

 

My next few shows with Sing For America were all throughout one single summer. The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, and In The Heights. This summer was most definitely something else. We ended up closing Into the Woods one morning, and opening In The Heights just a few hours later. Each show definitely had something I could take from it.Expand Story

The Little Mermaid was an extremely exciting show. From the costumes, to the big audiences, and to our harmonizing that we spent a good amount of time on. It seemed as though it went by so fast. The second show was  Into The Woods. Into The Woods is a wild story. All of the adventures it took us on as a cast is incredible. I could definitely say that throughout the story, we were there with the characters along the way. Next we opened In The Heights. In The Heights was truly something incredible. This show opened my eyes to a whole new perspective of things. We learned what home is. Not the place, but the true meaning of home. We grew very close as a cast during this show and that is something I will never take for granted. 

Spring 2018 Series: Hamilton and Showman

 “This performance was different than any I had ever done”

 

 

 

The third show I did was a Pasek and Paul performance. We used three of their pieces: Dear Evan Hansen, Lala Land, and The Greatest Showman. This performance was different than any I had ever done. It was a lot ofExpand Story

fun, and the story was very creative. The next show I performed with Sing For America was similar to the last. We did a performance of the songs from Hamilton. This show manages to tie in our history into our everyday life so that we can learn from it. While singing the up beat songs in the show, if you listen to the words, you can understand so much.

Peter Pan Christmas 2017 – Indian, Wendy Daughter

 “We would spend the entire day together and then see each other again bright and early the next morning.”

 

 

 

My second show I did with Sing for America was Peter Pan during the winter. Peter Pan was a very fun experience. We performed up in Jim Thorpe in a beautiful space. Peter Pan is when I started to realize the caring environment of people I was performing with.Expand Story

 It is also where I was beginning to understand the truth and moral behind each show. We may have had a blizzard on the day of a performance, but it sure didn’t stop us along with  some dedicated audience members. I’d say my favorite memory from Peter Pan were the days we had two performances. We would spend the entire day together and then see each other again bright and early the next morning.

Little Shop Fall 2017-Dancer

“I was trying a new company, and I was extremely nervous.”

 

 

 

My first show with Sing For America was Little Shop of Horrors.Expand Story!

I remember the stress I had before these auditions clear as day. I was trying a new company, and I was extremely nervous. Regardless, once rehearsals started the nerves began to fade, and I enjoyed the show very much.

Young Company: Payton Brogna

“Hearing the audience clap and cheer is a great feeling, but just knowing that you were able to share and let them be part of your story is something truly incredible.”- Payton Brogna Young Company

Young Company: Nina Worsley

“WE BONDED WHEN IT WAS TIME TO STICK UP FOR EACH OTHER, AND WE BONDED THROUGH EVERY BOW”- Nina Worsley, Sing For America Young Company.

Marissa: Man In The Mirror

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Nina: What’s To Come?

If there is a lesson to be learned, a story to be shared, a hand to be held, let it be in the spirit of this: “When God fights, it’s of small consequence whether the hand that holds the sword is big or little.”

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It is more important than anything to continue to strive toward heaven, while being grateful for every moment spent here on earth.

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Young Company: Nina Worsley

“WE BONDED WHEN IT WAS TIME TO STICK UP FOR EACH OTHER, AND WE BONDED THROUGH EVERY BOW”- Nina Worsley, Sing For America Young Company.

Marissa: Man In The Mirror

Challenge what we see on social media, challenge the news, and most importantly don’t be afraid to challenge each other….We all have a great opportunity and also a responsibility to make a change, and that starts within us.

Nina: What’s To Come?

If there is a lesson to be learned, a story to be shared, a hand to be held, let it be in the spirit of this: “When God fights, it’s of small consequence whether the hand that holds the sword is big or little.”

Miranda:WE MADE IT

It is more important than anything to continue to strive toward heaven, while being grateful for every moment spent here on earth.

Payton Brogna: Will We Accept?

Our (LOOOCKDOWN) Stories Payton Brogna - Young Company End Of Lockdown   Payton Will We Accept?       Before it was first announced that we were to be quarantined in our homes, I was anticipating the best few months of my entire life. I was in the midst of...

Young Company: Payton Brogna

“Hearing the audience clap and cheer is a great feeling, but just knowing that you were able to share and let them be part of your story is something truly incredible.”- Payton Brogna Young Company

Trista Mayo:Reflections of Corona-Cation

I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back. Only they didn’t, because they were holding on to something…That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

A Few Testimonials

SFAP Has Made A Difference In The Lives Of Those Involved SFAP strives first and foremost to create a positive atmosphere in which to teach performers that they can achieve all that they dream. As a performer each person has the ability and the...

Young Company: Nina Worsley

“WE BONDED WHEN IT WAS TIME TO STICK UP FOR EACH OTHER, AND WE BONDED THROUGH EVERY BOW”- Nina Worsley, Sing For America Young Company.

Marissa: Man In The Mirror

Challenge what we see on social media, challenge the news, and most importantly don’t be afraid to challenge each other….We all have a great opportunity and also a responsibility to make a change, and that starts within us.

Payton Brogna: Will We Accept?

Our (LOOOCKDOWN) Stories Payton Brogna - Young Company End Of Lockdown   Payton Will We Accept?       Before it was first announced that we were to be quarantined in our homes, I was anticipating the best few months of my entire life. I was in the midst of...

Trista Mayo:Reflections of Corona-Cation

I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back. Only they didn’t, because they were holding on to something…That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

Nina: What’s To Come?

If there is a lesson to be learned, a story to be shared, a hand to be held, let it be in the spirit of this: “When God fights, it’s of small consequence whether the hand that holds the sword is big or little.”

Miranda:WE MADE IT

It is more important than anything to continue to strive toward heaven, while being grateful for every moment spent here on earth.

A Few Testimonials

SFAP Has Made A Difference In The Lives Of Those Involved SFAP strives first and foremost to create a positive atmosphere in which to teach performers that they can achieve all that they dream. As a performer each person has the ability and the...

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