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Student Spotlight: Jared Montgomery

“My favorite part about the school is the diversity and inclusiveness. I like that everyone has a chance to participate in the arts regardless of who they are,” Jared Montgomery said about our AdventHealth School of the Arts.

He’s been with us since the fall of 2018. Now 22 years old, Jared is in his third year of participating in our Four Counts performance group, supported by AdventHealth. It’s an elite group of performers ages 15–22 who represent the Dr. Phillips Center throughout the community. They also receive professional training in musical theater performance, acting and dance.

“I enjoy getting the chance to perform and work with a group of such amazing and talented individuals,” Jared said of being a Four Counts company member—and a participant in our July 2019 student production of Legally Blonde.

“So far, my favorite experience at the Dr. Phillips Center is the Broadway shows,” he added. “When it comes to being a part of the school of the arts, I would have to say the Broadway master classes—because upon arriving, I know nothing about the class. And by the time I end up leaving, I leave with the knowledge and new skills that can help me grow as a performer.”

“The biggest impact in my life is the community of Orlando,” Jared said. “When it comes to the Orlando community, performing arts has allowed me to join musical groups such as the Four Counts and the Orlando Gay Chorus, which have allowed me to put myself out there.”

Coming up, you can catch Jared in Orlando Gay Chorus’ newest show One Nation, Indivisible—right here at our Frontyard Festival™, presented by AdventHealth, on Friday, May 7.

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