Local Cool Kid: Riley Young

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A popular song calls New York City the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. 
For Riley Young, it was a dream come true. 

“The feeling you get when you perform on a Broadway stage is just like, you can’t explain that feeling,” said Young. “It really is fantastic.” 

The Hernando High School graduate earned top honors at the Orpheum Regional Awards competition in May.  He represented the Mid-South in New York at the Jimmies, the National High School Theatre Awards. 

While in New York, it was a week of hard work and preparation with other talented students from across America.

“We immediately started vocals for our opening number,” said Young. “From there it was rehearsal every single day. 14-hour rehearsal days”

The long days and nights were designed to get everyone ready for the stage for an ensemble, then his solo performance. 

Riley was a top 8 finalists out of 80 students there. Making him one of the top four young men in the country. 

Riley will begin his freshman year at the University of Memphis where he plans to pursue Musical Theatre.       

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