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Singer, dancer, actor, and visionary are just a few words that describe LaQuet Sharnell, a performer who’s light is getting brighter. Beginning at age 14, LaQuet studied dance in her hometown of Dallas, TX at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, The Dallas Powerhouse of Dance, and The Centre for Dance learning ballet, modern, African, compositional studies, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary.  After graduation from high school, LaQuet went on to study at the North Carolina School for the Arts and has been performing ever since. Her credits include Broadway’s “The Lion King” and “Sweet Charity,” regional productions of “Candide,” (New York State Theatre), “Chicago” (Riverside Theatre), “AIDA” (St. Louis MUNY), “Ain’t Misbeahvin'” (Gateway Playhouse), “Princess-A New Musical” (Goodspeed Opera House), “A Chorus Line” (Piano Repertory Theatre), “Nights on Broadway III” (Caesars Palace: Atlantic City), and “Footloose” (Carousel Dinner Theatre). Her television and film credits include “As The World Turns” and “Step Up 3-D” (which is currently in post-production). In addition to performing, LaQuet teaches master classes around the country in jazz, theater, lyrical, modern dance, vocal technique, and acting workshops, allowing students to learn from a true working professional. As a visionary, LaQuet is the founder of STEP Theater Company, a non-profit organization set out to bridge the gap between what is commonly seen in theater and dance companies with a collaborative work environment of Musical Theater artist. Their first production was a reading of Trey Tatum, Andrew Turtletaub, David Alpert, & Bobby Cronin’s work-in-progress “Caty Bridgewater.” Currently, LaQuet can be found dancing and singing up a storm in the Broadway smash hit “Memphis” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, and James Monroe Iglehart). For more on LaQuet, be sure to check out www.laquetsharnell.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say that I was most inspired by the movie “A Chorus Line.” The “Bebe” character made such an impact on me. Also “The Lion King!” When I saw the show I knew that I could be on Broadway and become a concert dancer. The show made me feel like a I could do anything. Even still to this day when I see the movie and after doing “The Lion King” it makes me dream of the impossible and then it makes me want to accomplish the impossible.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Highest note F (all the time in my sleep) and a G on a super great day when the plants are aligned. Low note D.

3. What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment would have to be when we opened “Memphis The Musical” on Broadway!! Also when the first show for STEP Theater was complete! Both moments made me feel as though I could conquer the world.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Mia Michaels! She is the the most talented woman I have ever seen. I use take her class and after every class I would want to cry with all amazing-ness that she would give the class.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can play the french horn. Most people think it’s a dorky instrument but I think its just the most amazing instrument. Also, I’m the most decorated African American cheerleader in the country.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taking as many classes as humanly possible and Bikram Yoga.

7. Favorite skin care product? Anything Neutrogena.

8. Favorite play/musical? “A Chorus Line” and “The Wiz.”

9. Favorite website? steptheatercompany.com and facebook.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, mostly cause her boobs look so freaking hot in that costume.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My Girlfriend, Lauren Pringle.

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? Adonis Thompson, Sumatra Thompson, and Doris Jean Evans.

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Join fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Bobby Cronin, Chad Kimball, Kate Pazakis, Erik Sisco, Morgan Karr, and upcoming participant LaQuet Sharnell for ONE NIGHT ONLY in “Not The Same: The Music & Lyrics of Bobby Cronin” this Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at The Metropolitan Room. Joining them will be Autumn Hurlbert, Lisa Brescia, Andrew Samonsky, Celisse Henderson, Brian Gallagher, Maria Mindelle, Ravi Roth, George Psomas, Rachel Potter, and Anne Fraser Thomas.

Come hear some of your favorite Bobby Cronin music along with plenty of new material from many of his upcoming projects including: “The Beaten Path,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Caty Bridgewater,” “The Untitled Project,” “(Un)Lucky In Love.”

There is a $15 cover charge + 2 beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 212-206-0440.

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Tonight I had the unique experience of attending “Caty Bridgewater,” a work-in-progress presented by the STEP Theater Company (founded by LaQuet Sharnell from Broadway’s “The Lion King” & “Memphis”), with a book and lyrics by Trey Tatum and music and lyrics by Bobby Cronin (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant). It’s a work in progress because the full show that this is to become is not fully written yet. Tonight only the first act and the showstopping second act number have been written. By the time this show comes to full fruition, so much could change, but what I saw so far is pretty great. As of now the show is about Caty, a girl who loves deeply from music to people. She has aspirations of joining the high school choir, but is forced/persuaded to join the high school band at which time the action starts to unfold from her sister stealing boyfriend to Caty falling for her band teacher. As the show unfolds, so does Caty, as she grows and learns more about love, especially how to love herself. The full second act still needs to be written, but tonight’s showcase helped the creative staff see if they were headed in the right direction. Every show goes through a process like this during it’s creation. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be part of tonight’s showcase and this part of the show’s journey. The portion of the show that was presented tonight has given me enough excitement to hold me over until the show is fully complete (though I do admit I hope it’s soon because I’m eager to find out how it all ends).  So stay tuned because as soon as I get the word that a full staging is coming, I’ll be sure to let everyone know!

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