Briella Rivera’s mom had been searching for a theater group where the nine-year-old could grow in the art she’s loved since she was a little girl. This past fall, she found the perfect place—right here at our AdventHealth School of the Arts.
“My favorite part of this school is that I can sing, act and dance all at once, all while spending time with people that are a joy to be around,” Briella said. “I am very passionate about the arts. I think my family would say I sing more than I talk, and I’m happy I get to do it with such a great group.”
Coming from a musically talented family of five, she added that her home life often involves everyone singing anything from Broadway hits to worship songs to made-up tunes.
So far, her favorite experience here was getting to perform a piece from Matilda as part of her class.
“We sang a song called ‘Revolting Children’. I got to start the song off with a solo, which was so much fun,” Briella said. “I put so much hard work and energy into that song. Not only did we have to sing a difficult song, but we danced as well, which is very difficult. And of course, we all got to exercise our acting skills…[we] had to act revolting! All of the hard work paid off when we got to sing in front of an audience.”
While acting is definitely a blast, Briella’s passion for a certain performing art is crystal clear.
“I am most excited to learn more about singing,” she said. “I started singing when I was two years old with my dad. My dad is a piano player… I think being a part of the Dr. Phillips Center’s School of the Arts is going to help me grow in my singing abilities even more. I especially want to learn more about harmonizing and singing different parts.”
And we’re so excited to watch—and hear—Briella’s talents continue to grow through the years.
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