"Let Me Be Your Star"! High Schooler Benton Felty Blogs About Performing for Montego Glover in Anticipation of the Jimmy Awards

By Benton Felty and Emily Homburger
01 Jul 2013

Benton Felty

Benton Felty: June 30

Well, today was the big day — audition time.

We also performed our medleys that we will perform on Monday night for the Jimmy Awards judges. On top of that, it was the fist time our Jimmys chaperones ever saw us perform our solos and medleys! Let me tell you, we did not disappoint.

The guys took what their solo sounded like on Saturday and increased it by five levels — including myself! I tried my hardest to make the judges laugh, and I succeeded.

I performed "I'm Not That Smart" from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and I felt so satisfied every time I heard a laugh. My favorite part about it all was that one judge was Montego Glover, the lead actress from Memphis, which happened to be the first show I ever saw on Broadway! And, she laughed at my performance! That was one of the best feelings I have experienced this week.

Now that the anticipation of auditions is over, it's time for the final tier of the program: The Performance.

We leave for Broadway's Minskoff Theatre tomorrow, and I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight! But until then, goodnight from NYC!