Locals clean up at World Championship of performing arts
When the Sixth Annual World Championships of Performing Arts was held in early October, it offered gold, silver, and bronze to three Nevada County girls and some 900 contestants from 40 different countries.
The Nevada County trio of Camille Humpherys, and sisters Tory and Juliette Hill claimed 18.
The event, which was held in Hollywood, promises its contestants exposure to numerous agents, directors, and other industry insiders.
The girls took home medals ranging from opera singing to hip-hop. Although their performing preferences differ, there is one common thread entwined into all of them. They all love performing for people. Just ask them.
“I really love all the people you can meet and influence. I think it [performing] develops character,” said Nevada Union senior Camille Humpherys. At the championships, Humpherys collected one gold medal, four bronzes, and best overall vocalist in the opera category.
Humpherys has been strutting her stuff on stage almost before she could walk. Humpherys has been seen in everything from plays to beauty pageants and has always seemed to keep to her plan for the future.
Now, she finds herself before a unique crossroads. How many high- schoolers question whether to go to college or Broadway?
“Right now I’m deciding what I’m going to do. I have this guy wanting me to audition for Broadway, but if that doesn’t work out, I would like to go to college,” said the 17-year old Humpherys.
Traveling to the same competition in Los Angeles were sisters Juliette and Tory Hill. Competing in the eleven to fifteen age group, they too collected hardware.
The sisters took home 12 medallions ranging from R&B singing and musical theater dancing, to comical, dramatic, and contemporary acting. Both Juliette and Tory bring a joy and passion to the stage, which might very well be the secret ingredient to their success.
“I love it [performing]. I love just being on stage and singing my heart out,” said Tory.
“We just love performing and being on stage. I think someday I would like to go to college and later teach other people music or become a professional singer,” Tory said.
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