By Marion Filler
Eight-year-old Dylan Sarah Klug was having her nails done when she spotted the notice about Morristown Onstage.
“I saw the poster and said, ‘Mom, can I do that!’ and she said ‘yes’ and signed me up,” said Dylan, one of the youngest performers in the competition.
The second time was the charm for this pupil from Morristown’s Assumption School.
She will be among 15 top amateur acts from Greater Morristown competing for cash and glory at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 26, 2020, in a benefit for programs in the Morris School District.
“The first time I tried I didn’t get in. But now look where I am,” said Dylan, brimming with confidence.
She actually found her calling at an even earlier age. “I started singing when I was 2 or 3,” Dylan explained. Her mother took note.
“I did recognize her talent,” said Amy Klug, who gave her daughter a microphone for her fourth birthday.
“She would sing Let it Go from Frozen every day.”
Dylan studies voice at the Sellwood Studio of Performing Arts in Madison, and has appeared in school plays and musicals.
She is excited about singing Defying Gravity from Wicked, and has a very grown-up attitude about her chances in the competition.
“It’s about being here, and that I made it,” Dylan said.
Produced by the nonprofit Morris Educational Foundation, Morristown Onstage is open to amateurs who live, work or study in Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains, and to alumni of Morristown High School. From more than 60 acts that auditioned, 15 were chosen to compete on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Show business pros will award $1,000 to the top youth and adult performers, and the audience favorite will take home $500. Tickets: $29-$79. Proceeds benefit Morris School District programs.