Juniors Elizabeth Teeter and Caleb Miofsky performed in the concert “Finishing the Hat- Songs for Sondheim” for composer Stephen Sondheim during his St. Louis Literary Award acceptance ceremony on Oct. 4, at Sheldon Concert Hall.
Sondheim composed for various musicals ranging from “Sunday in the Park with George” to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and he was a lyricist for such musicals as “West Side Story.” In addition to the Literary Award, he has received eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.
The concert consisted of students from schools across St. Louis. Both WGHS juniors had solo numbers and joined together with other acts for the grand finale, which received a standing ovation.
Teeter previously performed in shows at the Muny, Repertory Theater, and even Broadway productions in New York like “Mary Poppins” and “The Crucible,” while Miofsky performed in musical theater around St. Louis since age 10, having taken voice and acting lessons.
About performing for Sondheim, Teeter said, “It was pretty amazing to know that we got to perform for him, honor his work and all he has done, and that he would be there to witness that. It was just an honor.”
Miofsky said, “It was indescribable, I still don’t have words. I’ve never been so nervous in my entire life, but it was also probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. He was so humble and so kind and so moved by all the performances. It was just a great reminder of why I do what I do and why I love it so much.”
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