Tinseltown lures Crestview senior

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Michelle Bryant, inset and top right in large photo, played one of the von Trapp children in the Crestview High drama program’s spring production of “The Sound of Music.”

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — One of the entertainment world’s most respected showcases for new talent will star a Crestview High School senior in January — but only if she can raise enough money to fly to Los Angeles and participate in the International Presentation of Performers, known in the industry as “iPOP!”

Following her acceptance into iPOP! after try-outs in Fort Walton Beach, Michelle Bryant is talking positively about her fast-approaching opportunity. In her mind, there are no ifs, ands or buts. She’s going. Period.

“I am going to L.A. and I will perform in front of, like, 600 people,” Michelle said. “I’ll be singing and acting. I got accepted after I actually did an audition down in Fort Walton Beach. It was intense. I was in rehearsals for two months.”

However, to participate in the program, Michelle must raise about $5,000 — and she needs to do it fast.

“I fly out there (to Los Angeles) on Jan. 2,” she said. “iPOP! runs January 3-6.”

Michelle is signed with a New Orleans talent agency, which recently raised the possibility of her being cast as an extra in the HBO series “Treme.” However, the exposure budding performers receive at iPOP! reaches a wider audience, she said.

Locally, Michelle has garnered some name recognition. She has appeared in several Crestview High School drama productions, most recently appearing in May in “The Sound of Music” as Marta, one of the singing von Trapp children. She’s appeared on the Pearl Tyner Auditorium stage in “Touchtone M for Murder,” “The 21st Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Seussical the Musical.” She hones her already impressive vocal talents as a member of the elite Destiny show choir of the Crestview High chorus. In October, she was voted the Bulldogs’ Homecoming queen.



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