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Klein ISD Trio Set To Take the Stage in NYC

September 5, 2011

KISD high school students selected to perform in Kissless the Musical 

Kissless Trio

Matt Buzonas (right), Sierra Gant (middle) and Ryne Nardecchia (left) will represent Klein ISD and Houston in NYC Off-Broadway premier of Kissless the Musical.

Spring, Texas — Despite different backgrounds and different schools, three Klein ISD high school students realized they had more in common than just a love for the fine arts. All three were not only cast in the upcoming production of Kissless the Musical, but they also overcame obstacles as children ranging from extreme shyness to one even with Tourette syndrome.

Matt Buzonas (Klein Collins), Sierra Gant (Klein High) and Ryne Nardecchia (Klein Oak) will perform in the Off-Broadway production of Kissless the Musical at the 2011 New York Music Theatre Festival. Organized by the Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) Actors Academy, the students will perform six times Sept. 28-Oct.8 in New York City. The three will also have the opportunity to attend master classes taught by Broadway professionals and visit local colleges.

“It’s amazing because not many adults in this profession get this opportunity and for us to be considered is a dream come true,” expressed Nardecchia, who has been acting and singing since the sixth grade. “It gives us a glimpse of what we could be doing for the rest of our lives.”

Kissless the Musical tells the story of two very different people forced to live together for the summer and the unlikely relationship that develops to the dismay of their friends and family. This musical takes an original look at what it is like to be a teen in the 21st century.

The trio was cast last spring over several other talented students for three of the 20 coveted roles in the show. Additionally, former KISD students Michael Chiavone, Tyce Green and Theresa Zimmerman were also cast for the show. The students maintained a rigorous summer schedule, spending six days a week at rehearsal.

Three Houston previews are scheduled before the premieres in New York City. Performances are Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Berry Center in Cypress with an opportunity to meet the cast and production team at a reception following the show for an additional donation. All proceeds will benefit the cast and production. Tickets can be purchased at www.kissless.net.

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