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Harrison Student in Westchester Teen Idol Top 25

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison's Cayla Pettinato advanced through the first round of auditions this month and was ranked among the top 25 singers in the Westchester Teen Idol Competition. She and 24 others were selected to perform Nov. 26 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. and show off their singing skills.

Pettinato is a senior at Harrison High School and has been involved in musical theater since she was a child, including experience in the Harrison High School performance group the Footlight Players. She has played supporting roles in past productions of "Footloose" and "Beauty and the Beast."

"We are excited that Harrison's own Cayla Pettinato has been selected," said Monica Miles, Harrison Schools' communications officer.

The 25 finalists will perform a three-minute song for judges at the November event and five will be selected for one final competition.

Broadway performer Robi Hager will be among this year's guest judges. Hager held roles in "Spring Awakening," and understudied a role in a recent Broadway revival of "Bye Bye Birdie."

Pettinato received rave reviews last spring as the lead role of Millie in the school's "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and was also recognized for her work with the school's Cabaret Nights, Renaissance Festivals, National Competitions for Chorus and Gilbert and Sullivan Theater Workshops.

She also devotes time to singing the National Anthem at local football, basketball and baseball home games.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at IrvingtonTheater.com .

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