WARSAW — A Warsaw native was part of the NBC special this past Wednesday, Dec. 7, “Hairspray Live.”
Wyatt Slone, who graduated from Warsaw Community High School this year, was chosen to be part of a dance group at one of the five viewing parties NBC held for “Hairspray Live.”
Slone’s dance group, at a viewing party in Philadelphia was featured in a live shot during a break in the program. The viewing party took place in the Perelman Theater of the The Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts.
Slone explains that it was a surprise and was “special” that the viewing party he was taking part of in Philadelphia was the only city out of the five that featured on tv that night.
He mentioned much of the exposure the dance troupe got from the evening was from social media as well as from tv. Slone can be seen on Facebook live videos on the Kimmel Center and the Hairspray live Facebooks.
Slone explains he and a few friends went to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in November to audition for the dance segment. Out of more than 100 individuals who auditioned, Slone was one of the 20 who made the cut.
“I had such a fun experience…I loved it,” said Slone.
This wasn’t Slone’s first experience with being on stage. Slone has a long resume of acting and dancing experience from his days in Warsaw.
Slone was heavily involved in the Wagon Wheel Theatre doing shows such as the “Wizard of Oz,” “Music Man,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Catch Me If You Can.”
At Warsaw Community High School, Slone was in “Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music,” and “The Secret Garden,” as well as several other productions.
He states from a young age he knew this is exactly what he wanted to do. “I was just driven,” said Slone. Now he is studying musical theatre with a dance concentration at Rider University in New Jersey.
Slone said he was really happy with the experience and is looking forward to trying out for more events like this one in the future.