Broadway star and “Disney Legend” Lea Salonga shared her voice and wisdom to the aspiring theater actors during a master class in Pennsylvania, United States last March 23.
As part of the master class, Salonga mentored students at Council Rock High School South. She listened to six Council Rock students of various grade levels perform different musical theater selections and then gave her assessment, praises, criticisms and encouragement.
But before the class, Salonga wowed everyone with her flawless performances of some of her Disney and Broadway hits.
She sang the longer version of ‘Reflection’ from the Disney movie ‘Mulan’ in 1998 where she plays the singing voice of Fa Mulan. Before her performance, she also shared why only a shorter version of the song was used in the movie.
The Tony-award winning Broadway star also performed medley of “Les Miserables” tunes, “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dream”. Salonga was the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.
Salonga also shared the stage with a participant identified as Noah Barson who is also part of the South Vocal Ensemble where they performed ‘A Whole New World’ from another Disney film “Aladdin” where she played the singing voice of Jasmine.
It was a magical moment for everyone, a real special treat for the aspiring students to have Lea Salonga as a guest of their school master class session.
At the end of the master class, Salonga sang “Blackbird” by The Beatles, with several of the participants gathering on stage as a choir.
Salonga will soon return to Broadway opposite George Takei in the musical ‘Allegiance’.