Friday Feature Student November 6, 2015 ~ Yasmeen Genie
Yasmeen Genie is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. She loves singing, dancing and musical theatre. She didn’t discover the performing arts until she starting jazz dancing when she was 9 yrs old at Encore Dance Center in San Dimas and after a year she loved dancing so much that she started taking ballet, tap, lyrical and modern dance. Then at 10 she discovered she loved to sing also and began voice lessons with Ms. K. and then a year later added piano lessons so she can learn to accompany herself. When Top Billing Entertainment began expanding last year she immediately started taking Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz and then later Acting Classes at the new Academy. Her first show with Top Billing was “The Music Man” where she was a Saleswoman and band member. Later she was in” Beauty and The Beast” as a Narrator and Napkin and in” Wizard of Oz” as a Crow and Lead Dancer. She also participated in this year’s summer camps where she got to play lead roles, Sharpay Evans in” High School Musical Jr.” and Miss. Hannigan in “Annie”. She is also rehearsing for her third season of Holiday Shows with TBE. She was very excited to play Gertrude in “Seussical Jr.”. Gertrude has been her favorite character to portray, because they are so similar.
Yasmeen works very hard and is out most evenings and weekends at dance classes, lessons and rehearsals because she has very big goals. Her lifelong goal is to be on Broadway living her dream eight times a week. Her dream role would be to play Elphaba in “Wicked” and follow in the footsteps of Idina Menzel and Lindsay Mendez. She would like to thank Mrs. K for being the best voice teacher and for always supporting her and pushing her to do her best. She would also like to thank all her teachers at Top Billing: Heather, Tim, Mel, Jamie, Andrew, Eddie, and Christine. Yasmeen is beyond grateful for all her blessings and the opportunities she has been given and hopes she can continue to perform and do what she loves. She thanks her family and friends for all their love and support.