Pictured above is Ben Shimkus with sister Katelynne Shimkus at last year's Rising Stars Showcase
This year, we feature an exclusive interview with two-time Rising Star Ben Shimkus, a local senior at Glens Falls High School.
In the following 10 Questions interview, Shimkus shares his experiences as a Rising Star, including the audition process, rehearsals and his relation to other Rising Stars in the show this year.
1. Congratulations on being chosen for Rising Stars at the Wood. How does the selection process work?
Thank you very much! Rising stars has an audition process much like a professional theater troupe would. First, all candidates send in an application to Mr. Woodward at the Wood Theater. From there, we had to prepare two different complete songs that we felt best displayed our singing as well as stage acting talents. In mid-April, we had a tryout with a board of judges, consisting of a performance of these two songs and a personal interview much like one for a job.