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Her dream: to sing on Broadway 

Your Dream is Our Dream: Alyssa Sherman 

Byron Center — Senior Alyssa Sherman said her earliest memory of performing was singing show tunes while jumping on the trampoline in her backyard. 

In sixth grade, she upgraded her trampoline to a stage and auditioned for stageGR’s production of “Honk.” Alyssa was cast as Grace the duck, and said she attributes this breakout role for discovering her passion for theater. Several stageGR shows later, she’ll perform as Regina George in “Mean Girls” this weekend.

Senior Alyssa Sherman, middle, as Regina George in her most recent stageGR performance of ‘Mean Girls’ (courtesy stageGR)

“I’ve always loved singing and grew up wanting to be a pop star,” she said.

Looking to her future, after graduating from Byron Center High School this spring, Alyssa plans to make her dreams a reality. 

A Star Is Born
Watch and listen to Alyssa Sherman sing some of her favorite songs on her YouTube channel.

What is your dream? “My biggest dream is to perform on Broadway, travel around the world performing and, eventually, run my own theater.”

How do you plan to pursue your dream? “After I graduate, I am planning on going to Ohio University to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater. After researching and auditioning for programs across the country, this one was the best fit for me. I’m very excited about the community I’m entering and being around people who are also passionate about the things I’m passionate about every day.”

How have teachers and mentors helped you work toward achieving your dream? “Two of my biggest influences have been Ella and Daniel Morgan, the executive and artistic directors of stageGR. Those two have helped me realize that I am enough. It’s also been a good whirlwind of experiencing high school shows (at Van Singel Fine Arts Center) and getting to experience the theater community here in Byron Center.” 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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