ICCS Senior Emily Jerome to Choreograph CBHS's "Wizard of Oz" Production

A 15-year veteran dancer with Performing Arts of Germantown, ICCS senior Emily Jerome has performed in multiple stage productions, assuming countless roles since she was a mere 3 years old.  Experience, talent and long hours of practice paid off recently when a chance encounter propelled her to the next level.  This March she will be the choreographer for Christian Brothers High School’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”  

Emily, who turns 18 this month, is still amazed at how a routine visit to CBHS led to her inaugural choreography gig. “I just happened to be on their campus — my brother is a student there,” she says.  I met the director, Kyle Schnack, who’s the theater teacher there. We starting talking about my dance experience, and he said he needed a choreographer for ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ The next thing I knew, he asked me if I wanted to be his choreographer — and of course I said yes. It just all happened so fast.”  So impressed was he with Emily’s skills, Schnack promised to schedule practices around her busy dance schedule. 

After accepting the offer, Emily did what every little sister does when she has great news. She texted big sister Brooke, a 2015 ICCS graduate who shares her little sister’s love of dance.  “She texted right back and was like, ‘What, are you serious?’ She was so happy and couldn’t believe that he offered it to me on the spot like that.”   

While she’s earning her chops as a choreographer, Emily will have support from some familiar faces; ICCS sophomore Camille Poole and senior Maddie Kennel both will perform ensemble parts in “The Wizard of Oz” production.  “I’m so excited that two girls from my school are going to be performing,” she says.  “It’s just really nice that we’ll all be part of it.”  

Other cast members with ICCS ties are Luca Conti, as Hickory/Tim Woodsman and ensemble member Riley Higgins, both of whom are ICCS middle school graduates.  

Before assuming her new choreography role, Emily will don her dancing shoes to perform as both Flower and Snow in the Dec. 5 production of “The Nutcracker” at the Buckman Performing Arts Center.   For information on “The Wizard of Oz” performance schedule, visit cbhstheatre.com.        

Posted by June LaPorta at 1:04 PM
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