[The cast of “Best of the Best” rehearses “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” using American Sign Language.]
Youth theater is a side-job labor of love for all three. Bailey is a burgeoning TV and movie actor. Kasprisin, a vocalist, performer and director, is a trained school social worker. Harper, who also performs in “Best of the Best,” is pursuing a degree in musical theater.
But despite the enormity of the undertaking, "Best of the Best" has been worth the effort, the directors agree.
“The beautiful thing about theater,” Bailey said, is that it “addresses important subjects head on in a comfortable way through singing and dancing and acting, and it doesn’t make the audience uncomfortable when they’re watching.”
[Jason Akst teaches journalism and public relations at Northern Illinois University.]
If you go
WHAT: “Best of the Best: Evolution of Broadway”
WHEN: 7 p.m. June 21 and 22; 2 and 7 p.m. June 23; and 2 p.m. June 24
WHERE: Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles
COST: $12 for minors and $17 for adults
INFO: steelbeamtheatre.com, 630-587-8521