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BELOW IS A RECENT PRESS RELEASE online at NJ.COM and printed in the HUNTERDON DEMOCRAT announcing recent college bound seniors and their successes for 2017-2018.
2015 Press Release
The Star Maker School of Clinton recently re-booted as LBC Talent is announcing their outstanding students for this season. The school, known for turning out professional children and teens for Broadway, Film, TV, Commercial and Print, celebrated its thirtieth year in Hunterdon County with their 2017 showcase this past Saturday, June 24 at Hunterdon Central High School.
Director, Leesa Csolak of Raritan Township stated, 'our presentation featured all of our dance, acting and voice students, age three through eighteen and starred our graduating seniors. The accomplishments of this years seniors are unprecedented.'
This season Csolak had a 100% success rate with her senior students reaching for goals beyond the average. Lauren Medina, of Lebanon was accepted into Carnegie Mellon for Musical Theatre. She was one of only four females chosen nationwide to attend this program. Lauren joined SMS taking all programs and within one year was connected to management and a talent agent in NYC. She also was introduced to The Paper Mill Conservatory New Voices program where she immediately was given the top featured performer spot there. Lauren has won numerous awards statewide for performance and has sang at The Pilot and with the Pro Kids and Teens On Tour Vocal Troupe at SMS. She has been in numerous commercials and industrials for various outlets. Through her affiliation with Star Maker and Leesa Csolak she was signed to professional representation a year ago and has found great success.
The field of candidates for these programs numbers over 3000 for most of the top most prestigious schools in the United States. The high school seniors go through a rigorous audition process that starts in the early Fall of their Senior year and ends months later in April. The most competitive schools include Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PACE University in NYC, University of Michigan and Julliard followed by Boston Conservatory, New York University and others. These schools continue to launch Broadway, TV and Film stars.
Andrew Plinio, of Lebanon was accepted to PACE University as well as University of Michigan for Musical Theatre. The nine year SMS vet will be traveling to Michigan in the Fall. A North Hunterdon graduate and president of the class, Andrew got signed with the help of Ms. Csolak five years ago and has had great success. He starred in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Shine in 2014. He had numerous lead roles in local community theatre and in Star Maker’s Musical Theatrical performances as well as being a featured performer at The Paper Mill Playhouse’s New Voices concerts. He has performed at many NYC venues including 72 West and the West End Lounge. He was a featured soloist in The Pilot for SMS. Plinio also had a pivotal role in The HBO series, The Young Pope this past season. Andrew was Csolak's Assistant Director for SMS’s Saturday performance titled, Brand New Day.
Hannah Krivulka Bonnett, of Stewartsville, who will be heading to NYC to study Musical Theatre at PACE University is a graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts said, ‘The Star Maker School gave me the confidence and resources to accomplish so many dreams I had set out for myself in the professional world. I couldn’t be more grateful for Leesa and her team.’ Hannah has been repped professional in NYC for a year having booked numerous projects. She studied acting, voice and dance at SMS and was a member of the resident dance company as well having won numerous top awards for solo and duet performances at major state wide competitions. She has performed at SMS’s The Pilot and in NYC at 72 West, The West End Lounge, The Bitter End and The Laurie Beachman Theatre and recently shot an industrial broadway project.
Samantha Brynildsen, of High Bridge, who is heading off to Boston Conservatory to study Musical Theatre has been with SMS for three years. She participated in Acting, Voice and Dance at SMS, taking private instruction to prep for her pre-screen videos taken there as well. Samantha has starred in the Musical Theatre Presentations there, at her high school and in community theatre.
Madeline Coronato, of Clinton will be attending PACE University and studying in their Acting program. Madeline came to SMS just two years ago and took Acting Class and private lessons in Acting to prep her for her college auditions. SMS filmed her pre-screen videos and submissions as well.
Amy Allen, of Flemington has been with SMS for sixteen years and is an accomplished dancer and performer having been on the Dance Company for eleven years. She recently had roles in Cinderella and The Nutcracker with New Jersey School of Ballet. Amy is a black belt in karate and has been a member of Hunterdon Central’s Varsity Dance Team. Amy will be heading to Rider University to study Dance and Marine Biology. She received the Star Maker School's prestigious Distinguished Female Performer Award for 2017.
Kirsten Maiwaldt, of Annandale is a North Hunterdon graduate who has been with SMS for four years stated, ‘My high school years at Star Maker have helped me grow creatively and exposed me to professional artists which will be beneficial to me at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University! Kirsten will be majoring in graphic design there in the Fall. She was the captain of the North Hunterdon Varsity Dance Team and a member for four years. Kirsten, a member of the SMS Dance Company and Pro Kids Vocal Troupe, carried lead roles in their Musical Theatre shows and in many community theatre shows.
Andrew Albanese, of Lebanon is a graduate of North Hunterdon High School and has been dancing with SMS for six years. After only a few months he was invited to dance and help lead the Kickin’ It Wit Kevv non-profit program to support healthy habits in children. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the program traveled to various schools and offered a fun interactive experience for children ages 6-12. Andrew has been an assistant teacher at SMS and has won numerous top awards in Hip Hop statewide. Andrew will be attending Raritan Valley Community College in the fall.
Csolak was in the middle of setting up lighting and cameras for a ‘self tape’ audition for one of her 10 –year old clients, ‘this is being sent to LA by tomorrow morning, to Disney Casting for a new pilot,’ she stated, ‘I enjoy helping people get trained at a high level so they are able to compete at the top of the industry. If I can connect them to the right people, I will. I love sharing our network and giving talented kids and teens these opportunities.’
As finale rehearsals began, assistant director, Andrew Plinio walked in and shared, ‘Star Maker has made me the performer I am today. Leesa has opened so many doors for me including getting signed and working professionally. I could not be doing any of this without her.’
Through a concierge program for high school students, Csolak provides guidance and the production necessary for collegiate Musical Theatre, Acting, Vocal and Commercial Dance auditions.
Other top Star Maker School award winners were; dancer, Kyleen Constant of Somerville who was presented with the Crystal Star Award and to dancer/actor/vocalist, Cameron Clifford or Flemington was awarded the Distinguished Male Performer Award. Cameron has been with Star Maker for thirteen years. Having been signed to professional representation at a young age, he performed on TV, in Commercials, Print and Film as well as on Broadway in Waiting For Godot and as Michael in Billy Elliot, The Musical.
The Most Improved Awards went to dancer, Samantha Griffin of Flemington and dancer/singer/actress, Samantha Brynildsen of high Bridge. The Rising Star Awards were received by dancer, Carolyn Chester of Stewartsville and by vocalist/actress, Jessica Schuchardt of Readington.
Csolak has helped numerous alumni kick off their careers in show business. Her own boys, graduates of Hunterdon Central High School have had much success.
‘Look for Kurt Csolak on NBC’s World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez on Tuesdays this Summer,' she mentioned. He attended NYU and traveled the world dancing with TAP DOGS, has done numerous film and stage roles, teaches at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS in NYC and recently launched his own film production company in NY.
Kevin Csolak attended PACE University as a musical theatre major and left for Los Angeles after one year. He teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and The Playground in Hollywood. He presently is 'bi-coastal' doing film, TV and Broadway projects. He most recently can be seen on The Mick for FOX and is filming in NYC this month for Netflix. He will also begin rehearsals this Fall for a new show heading to Broadway next year.
Kurt and Kevin both teach workshops, classes and private lessons at the school in Clinton.
The entire Star Maker staff are NYC and LA professionals who teach beginners through adults at the small rural school location.
Audition information for upcoming shows, The Wizard of Oz set for October performance and 13, The Musical, set for a January curtain and Showcase 2018 as well as their Pro-Kids Vocal Troupes can be found on their website. Visit www.starmakerschool.com to connect, register for Summer classes that begin Monday, July 10th and Fall Classes that begin Monday, September 11th.