Bailey Richmond is 11 years old and in the 6th grade at Gahanna Middle School West. Bailey was drawn to the stage from a very early age. As a toddler she would climb on the kitchen table or any stage that crossed her path and perform songs from Barney. Bailey began dancing at the age of 4 which allowed for many opportunities to perform on stage. She was introduced to theatre in the 3rd grade through her school's drama club at Royal Manor Elementary. She was encouraged by her 3rd grade teacher to pursue theatre opportunities outside of school. Since then, Bailey has worked with many theatre companies in the central Ohio area. Some of her favorite roles include Annie in the musical Annie, Nermal in Garfield the Musical with Cattitude and Edwina in Dear Edwina. In January of 2019, Bailey was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical by Theatre Roundtable of Columbus. She said "there is no better feeling than being recognized for doing what you love." She has also competed in local voice competitions. In 2018 she place first in her age division at The Central Ohio Singing Competition and was a finalist at Voice of the City. Bailey has a personality that is larger than life and a fantastic sense of humor. She has an older brother named Braden, an Irish Setter puppy named Brodie and a black cat named Binx. She LOVES Chipotle! Her favorite show is Friends. In her free time she enjoys going to musicals, the mall and long walks down the makeup aisle. When she grows up she wants to be a Kindergarten teacher for children with special needs. She also hopes to perform on Broadway. Bailey chose the song Born to Entertain from the musical Ruthless because she feels like she was born to entertain! She hopes you enjoy her performance!
Bailey would like to thank Ethan and everyone at Celebration of Music for this amazing opportunity. She would also like to thank all the people who have loved, taught and encouraged her along the way; Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Dawson, Tanya Shtein, Keely Kurtas-Chapman, James Blackmon, Gwen Edwards, L'Erin Price, Andrew Protopapas, Joe Bishara, Chris Leyva, Rachael Leyva, Que Jones, Jim Keller, Stephen Sollars, Barb Shoulders, Dan McCarty, Lisa Minkin, David Boley, Ann Bostic, Abby Zeszotek, Chris Gallaugher, Adam Schroeder, Jenny Small, Kelli Lauck and many others. Bailey would like to give an extra special thank you to Sue Laney for making all these opportunities possible.
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