Backstage and onstage, at Morristown Onstage 2018

Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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The Morris Educational Foundation did it again: Another blockbuster Morristown Onstage competition.

You can read all about Wednesday’s show, with video, here.

And savor these great shots, onstage and backstage, from MorristownGreen.com correspondents Jeff Sovelove and Berit Ollestad. Our thanks to them, and to all 15 finalists for a splendid show.

MORE ABOUT MORRISTOWN ONSTAGE 2018

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
We Need Love with Ally Are at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
We Need Love with Ally Are at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
We Need Love with Ally Are at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Peter Favilla played with three act at Morristown Onstage 2018, including Nina & The Boyz. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Emcee Tara Bernie at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tara Bernie backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Emcee Tara Bernie snaps selfie with Freeholder candidate Mary Dougherty and Mayor Tim Dougherty at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tara Bernie interviews panelist William Franzblau at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Judges at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tara Bernie and CJ Ryan at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Katelyn Nagy of Zap the Moles at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Zap the Moles band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Zap the Moles band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Juliette Trumbull at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Juliette Trumbull at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gabrielle Trubmull at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gabrielle Trubmull at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Side Slam band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Side Slam band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Nina Rangel of Nina and the Boyz at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Nina and the Boyz band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Nina and the Boyz band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Spare Tire Band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Spare Tire Band at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Mau Brothers at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Mau Brothers at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Shayna Atkinson at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
CJ Ryan at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
CJ Ryan at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Liv Zito at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Liv Zito at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
June Soriano at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
June Soriano at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jackie Rhoades at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Peter Favilla at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gift bags from Century 21 at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morris Educational Foundation board at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Here is Berit’s report from backstage:
 
A SHOW THAT TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY
 

“Hurry up and wait” pretty much summed up what most of the contestants blamed for their anxiety. The mood backstage was celebratory, supportive, giddy and intense all at the same time.

The seasoned performers from SPARE TIRE attributed their butterflies to show judge Brendan Fletcher.

“I’ve been playing music for close to 20 years and I don’t usually get nervous. But I looked down and saw Brendan Fletcher and just thought ‘ahhh, come on dude, give us a good grade,” said Spare Tire’s guitarist, Glen Mulligan.

Allison Chong initially was knotted up with nerves before her performance. But we would expect nothing less from the only contortionist in the line-up.

“I was a little scared at first and then I started to feel really confident as I went through the dance,” she said.

Chong has her sights on being a professional contortionist, and she has her second dance coach to thank. It was her second coach that recognized her flexibility and wanted to mentor her. 

One could say that veteran Morristown Onstage winner Ally Are is an old pro since this was her second appearance at the talent show–and her second victory.

“I’m a poet and as long as I can continue to make an impact on others, I’m going to keep writing,” Are said.  There’s no doubt that Are’s poetry made an impact, and not only on the judges and the audience. You could’ve heard a pin drop during her performance as her fellow contestants backstage watched on a video monitor.  

Air seemed to be a valued commodity among the contestants, who were having a hard time finding it.

Finalist Katelyn Nagy came back shaking and trembling after her performance with Zap the Moles, but she flashed a million dollar smile. “At least now I can finally breathe. That’s one of the benefits of being the first act,” she said.

C.J. Ryan, the audience choice winner, summarized the experience this way: “Wow! It was such a rush being up there! I’m like I can’t even believe I’m up here. I lost my breath for a second and I was like ‘Oh Crap!’ am I gonna be able to hit that note?! But it felt so good”.  

 

Slideshow photos by Berit Ollestad:

FRIENDLY RIVALS: Gabrielle Trumbull and her daughter, Juliette, backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Ally Are backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Nina Rangel and one of her Boyz, backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Side Slam band backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
The Spare Tire Band backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Guitarist from the Spare Tire Band backstage with fans at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Austin and Franklin Mau backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Playful Banter backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Playful Banter duo backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Katelyn Nagy of Zap the Moles backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Zap the Moles band backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Nina & The Boyz drummer backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Allison Chong backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Dance Innovations team warms up backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Dance Innovations dancers warm up backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Warming up backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
CJ Ryan backstage at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Berit Ollestad
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Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison Chong at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
We Need Love with Ally Are at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
We Need Love with Ally Are at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Playful Banter at Morristown Onstage 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

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