Jennifer Spottz ’15 to perform as part of Broadway Princess Party Show at NJPAC

By James McEvoy
Oak Knoll alumna Jennifer Spottz ’15 will perform “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” the 2016 animated Disney film, as part of the “Broadway Princess Party” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this Saturday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
Spottz was among 100 performers to audition for the Newark performance, which will be hosted by two-time Tony-nominated star Laura Osnes and feature Broadway standouts Benjamin Rauhala, Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and Adam J. Levy.
Spottz, of Warren, first learned about the audition through social media and had already wanted to attend the performance regardless of the opportunity to perform.
“I figured even if there was a slight chance of being able to perform with them then why not give it a shot?” she said. “I was obviously super excited and called my mom immediately, who had apparently been secretly looking up dresses I could wear in case I was chosen.”
“When I saw this opportunity to sing at the Broadway Princess Party, I entered without hesitation because I knew that if I was chosen, it would give me the chance to perform for my parents and close family friends who haven’t seen me in anything since my last year at Oak Knoll,” said Spottz.
Spottz, a senior radio, television and film major at Northwestern University, was an active participant in Oak Knoll’s performing arts as well, performing in the Concert Choir, Ensemble and spring musicals.
“I spent a lot of time with Upper School Creative Arts Teacher Ruby Robertson-Knox and learned a lot. I was able to travel to Ireland with the Ensemble, and Ruby also gave me the opportunity to play a dream role as Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes,’ which I will never forget, and for which I will always be grateful,” she said.
“There were times where rehearsals felt tedious and exhausting and all I wanted to do was go home, but at the end of the day, performing at Oak Knoll was a blast, gave me lifelong friendships, and I wish I could go back and do it again,” she added.
Since graduating Oak Knoll, her pursuit of the arts continued through performing in an all-freshman production of “High School Musical” at Northwestern, in addition to acting in student films and singing in cabarets.
Spottz, who is also pursuing a minor in Japanese and a certificate in integrated marketing communications, studied abroad in Japan last fall and spent her summer working with a Los Angeles-based production company called OBB Pictures.
“Through this, I learned a lot about the entertainment industry and was given the opportunity to work with many different comedians and athletes, including Blake Griffin, Kevin Hart and Chelsea Peretti,” she said.
Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s performance at NJPAC and can be purchased here.
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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


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