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Theatre Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy to Receive the Patrick D. Kenan Award

  • Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Avenue Cary, NC, 27511 United States (map)

Actor, singer and director Lauren Kennedy will receive the 2017 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness at Duke Voice Care Center’s 11th Annual World Voice Day Celebration Thursday, April 13 at the Cary Arts Center in Cary, NC.  

Raleigh native Lauren has appeared on Broadway in Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard, Sideshow and Les Miserables, as well as in productions at New York City Opera, the Kennedy Center and the Royal National Theatre in London, to name just a few.  She originated the role of Cathy in Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years in its Chicago premiere.  Kennedy played the role of Princess Nefertari in the film The Ten Commandments: The Musical opposite Val Kilmer. Her albums Here And Now and Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have received rave reviews. Lauren is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh and best represents what woman-owned businesses can do for the arts in the Triangle.

World Voice Day is an international day of celebration of the human voice.  Singers, actors, teachers and preachers need healthy voices to do their jobs, but we all need our voices to connect us to the world.  “Our voices inspire the storytellers in our communities,” says David Witsell, MD, Director of Duke Voice Care Center.  “Our voices are intrinsically connected to those around us.  They express our thoughts, our memories, our ideas, and even silently allow us to communicate with ourselves, creating our stories and our history.” Duke Voice Care Center has led the Triangle’s observation of World Voice Day since 2007.  

Each year at World Voice Day the vocal health experts of Duke Voice Care Center help people learn about how the voice works, how people can keep their voices healthy and strong, and what to do if they have a voice problem.  This year, vocal health for actors and singers will be a special focus of the event.  According to Lauren, vocal health “is the MOST important for performing artists, because it is our instrument! We express ourselves though our voices…to give your best you have to be in the best shape and you have to take total care of yourself. But,” she adds, “you don’t have to be a singer or an actor to care about vocal health!  For most of us, communication starts with the voice.” 

Lauren Kennedywill be the eighth recipient of the award.  Previous PDK Award honorees have been American Idol winner and country music sensation Scotty McCreery, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, international opera star bass-baritone Simon Estes, National Public Radio broadcaster Carl Kasell, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tift Merritt , the Triangle-based band Delta Rae and Durham’s all-male chorus 100 Men In Black.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 7 pm

Location and address: Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary NC

Tickets (on sale beginning January 16, 2017): $12 Adults; $10 Students/Seniors in advance; $15 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors at the door; $9 Each for Groups of 5 or More

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