Meet the KC SuperStar Finalists!
Samuel is thrilled to return to KC SuperStar following his senior year at Blue Springs High School. Samuel is an alum of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and an avid performer within the KC theatre community. He has appeared onstage at Shawnee Mission TTIP, Starlight Theatre, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and most recently the Minskoff Theatre in NYC as a two-time Jimmy Award nominee. Following an intense high school music career, Samuel hopes to pursue Music Theatre as a career in the coming years. He would like to thank the other nine finalists as well as his family and friends for all their love and support on this long musical journey and hopes that you enjoy the show!
A 16-year old junior at Oak Park High School, Jacob is excited for the opportunity to be in the amazing KC SuperStar finals this year. Jacob is very active in theatre and choir. This year he played the role of the “Piragua Guy” in his school musical In the Heights which received 11 Blue Star nominations. He also got a Cappies nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He wants to give a huge thanks to his family and friends for always supporting and encouraging him, no matter what!
A Center High School graduate, Maurissa Cunningham is super excited to be finishing off her last summer in Kansas City with KC SuperStar! Maurissa was involved in honors choir, theatre, musical theatre, band and drum line as a high schooler. She hopes to be involved in the arts in college as well, as she heads to Wichita State University in the fall to double major in Musical Theatre and Business. Maurissa would like to thank Mom, Dad, Na’Aliah, Jordan, Maddie, Ms. Roxanne, her grandparents, and all her loving family and friends for always supporting her throughout her musical career.
Rachel, a Belton High School graduate, has been singing her whole life. Her interest in music began as a little girl in her church choir, and soon blossomed into a passion for all things entertainment. As a student she participated in choir and theatre and was a 2019 Blue Star nominee. She even sang the solo song at her high school graduation! Rachel plans to attend Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma in Spring and will be majoring in broadcast journalism. She hopes to one day host her own television talk show.
As a 16-year-old junior at Blue Valley High School, Erika has been singing and playing piano all of her life. She is active in choir, Classy Ladies and attended the state choir contest. Erika has been involved in numerous musicals such as The Music Man at Blue Valley High School, and Aida and Footloose at Culture House. She is involved in a band where she enjoys composing and writing her own music. This year she made the first round of “The Voice” competition in Nashville and was the lead singer in a band that won the Battle of the Band competition for Blue Valley Educational Foundation. Erika would like to thank her friends and family for their loving support and appreciates the opportunity to compete in KC SuperStar again this year.
At 17, Emma is a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School and a Music Production student at Johnson County Community College. Music has been her passion from the very beginning. She is a singer-songwriter with original music on all the major streaming services. In addition to writing and producing her own music, Emma enjoys bringing the music of others to life on stage through musical theatre. She has performed in shows around Kansas City including the Arts Asylum and Theatre in the Park. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to perform on the KC SuperStar stage for a second time and cannot thank her friends and family enough for all the support they have shown her.
A senior at Shawnee Mission South, Alexa is thrilled to be a part of KC SuperStar! Alexa has loved performing since she was little! She is very involved in theatre, choir, and National Honors Society at SMS. She is also involved with music and theatre outside of school. Alexa dances at Miller Marley and takes voice from Myra Lemons. She has performed with many theatres around the KC area, including, Theatre in the Park, MTKC, and The White Theatre. She would like to thank her family for all their love and tremendous support over the years, her friends for always being there for her, and most importantly God for all of the opportunities He has opened up to her.
A senior at Turner High School, seventeen-year-old Miguel has participated in his school’s Chamber Choir and Chorale. The spark of his musicianship started when he joined his church’s youth choir at thirteen years of age. Ever since then, he has had a passion for music which inspired him to teach himself guitar, piano, and bass. Performing in church, community fundraisers and events became a regular occurrence. Just this past October, Miguel won 1st male place in a KC singing competition called La Voz KC. Currently, he is part of a mariachi originating from KC titled Mariachi Oro De Mexico. He plans to attend The University of Kansas to study Software Engineering and Business Administration. Miguel will pursue music in college by joining one of KU’s many choirs while also working on his own music projects. He thanks the Lord for all the blessings and accomplishments he has been given throughout his life, and thanks his family, friends and everyone who has supported him.
An 18-year-old graduate of Olathe North High School, Sophie is most inspired by musicians to fully express herself and singing allows her to say what's in her heart. Sophie is influenced by the grace, harmony and success of her great aunt Carol Buschmann of the Chordettes, who’s timeless songs “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop” continue to be played today. Her taste in music includes Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. Sophie plans to study vocal performance at Columbia College in Chicago and cannot wait to experience diverse music styles from all over the world while living in an urban environment. Sophie is both humbled and thrilled to be in KC SuperStar and would like to thank her family and friends for their steady belief in her. She hopes to use music to share happiness and hardships with people who can relate to our shared emotions and change the world one song a time.
A 16-year-old junior at Leavenworth High School, Sam is thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of KC SuperStar. Sam is a member of KC A Cappella, one of the top ten high school a cappella groups in the country. He was one of 25 students chosen last summer to participate in Broadway Evolved in New York City. Sam is also a participant in Stage Right Performing Arts where he has learned not only to be a better performer, but is learning about other aspects of theatre, from choreography to directing. Sam has participated in shows at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Theater in the Park, MTH, and Spinning Tree. He is extremely grateful to his voice teacher, Issac Cates, and others who have guided him in his journey, including Vightor Zophoniasson, Gary Green and Jay Combes. Sam would like thank Kenny at Empire Dance Academy, and his family and friends for their support and love. Thank you to Janie for being a huge support and inspiration in his life.