Video: Shannon–and her new big sister–gave us lots to cheer about at Morristown Onstage

Shannon Melody Burns, left, wins hearts, with a hand from Alexandra Monfalcone, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Shannon Melody Burns, 11, wins hearts, with a hand from Alexandra Monfalcone, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Video: Shannon Conquers Stage Fright

By Kevin Coughlin

About an hour before Wednesday’s Morristown Onstage competition, we joined 11-year-old finalist Shannon Melody Burns and her mom for dinner upstairs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Shannon Melody Burns, left, wins hearts, with a hand from Alexandra Monfalcone, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Shannon Melody Burns, 11, wins hearts, with a hand from Alexandra Monfalcone, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The sixth-grader seemed remarkably poised for her first public performance.

“I wouldn’t say I fell in love with it. But I always felt it was my song,” Shannon said, explaining her chosen number, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

It took a couple of tries, but she would make the song her own — with a little help from our other dinner guest.

Alexandra Monfalcone came to MPAC to perform with the cast of Legally Blonde, Morristown High School’s spring musical, and to volunteer as a correspondent to help MorristownGreen.com cover the show.

When Shannon got overwhelmed — which can happen to any performer–Alexandra stepped up to play the role of big sister, as you will see in this video.

MHS senior Alexandra Monfalcone gets proposal in 'Legally Blonde' number, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
MHS senior Alexandra Monfalcone gets a proposal during ‘Legally Blonde’ number, at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

We can confirm that at least one hard-boiled journalist turned to mush as this scene unfolded.

“I’ve known Alexandra since she was a baby,” said Molly Servais, chairperson of Morristown Onstage.

“She’s a wonderful kid with a heart of gold. She saw a need and filled it. That is an outstanding young lady.” 

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Alexandra Monfalcone ad Emma Piascik at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
MG Ace Correspondents Alexandra Monfalcone, left, and Emma Piascik at Morristown Onstage, March 1, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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  1. The Morris Education Foundation is made up of people who put their money, their time and their efforts in to our children and our schools. They are the best.

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