Friday Feature ~ August 7, 2015 ~ Justin Senneff
Justin Senneff has been performing all his life, from singing “Climb Every Mountain” atop the slide at Finkbiner Park at age 6 to playing the baseball theme on piano at age 3. Finally being enrolled in youth theater in MET’s production of The Wiz* in 2003 (said theater company henceforth being known as MET2) Justin went on to do 4 shows with MET2: The Wiz*, Grease*, Sound of Music*, Big River*. He then took a hiatus from musical theater, keeping busy with the Children’s Choir at St. Dorothy’s Church in Glendora led by Jean Dalton and Dr. Wayne Barton. In 6th grade, he came upon Patricia Trevor’s drama class, which soon introduced him into the world of competitive show choir that next year (2007) — a year which certainly proved itself one of Justin’s hallmarks both in terms of his social life and his career.
Although circumstances prevented Justin from continuing in competitive show choir from 8th grade onward, he still kept active in attending competitions, building bridges of friendship between two particular show choir programs and working tech his senior year of high school for the Glendora High Royal Stewarts. It was late in his sophomore year however that his father Richard Senneff had encouraged him to return to his roots in musical theater. Returning back to MET2 that fall in Annie*, Justin had the wonderful opportunity to perform in Les Miserables* with the Citrus Summer Conservatory in July 2011. Another time in his life Justin would consider a hallmark and would be the start of his career at Citrus College — where he currently studies music under such names as Douglass Austin, Bruce Langford, and completing three years of the Citrus College Concert Choir. Other names in his study of Dance at Citrus include John Vaughn, Yesenia Valverde and Rene Liskey.
2012 proved a very special year — graduating from high school, reprising The Wiz* and finally meeting Kristina! As Justin says, “Working with Kristina Keener Ivy has been thus the biggest lasting hallmark in my continuing career in the performing arts. It has given me a clear sense of my goals and has provided me with more opportunities than I have ever dreamed”. Also active in church music, Justin volunteers as chapel organist twice a month at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte and has sung with various Church Choirs throughout the southland, which has included singing at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles last September for the 10th annual “Catholic Prayer Breakfast”.
Recent projects include making his debut at Candleight Pavillion last Summer of 2014 in “Shrek the Musical”, “Les Miserables” with International Full Gospel Fellowship in Monrovia (both in partnership with Centre Stage Inc.) and is just fresh from closing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with the Louise K. Taylor Preforming Arts Center.
As a side note, Justin is a HUGE fan of the Stage version of the Musical “Newsies” and is very fond of his many supportive friends at Top Billling Entertainment!
Edited by: Amanda Annete Eckersall
Youtube links of his work:
“Light Medley” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C-IPXYroVo
“Les Miserables, IFGF”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXOnl63JTIw