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ARTIST PROFILE: Bishop sings her way to a lead role

February 16, 2018
By STEVE LESTER - Correspondent ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID-For Lake Placid High School junior Emma Bishop, it all started when she was a cast member in the musical "Aladdin" while in third grade, and she hasn't stopped singing since.

"I just really fell in love with it, and my parents and teachers all support me in it," she said.

Bishop has appeared in no less than six more musicals, has taken part in several All-County and All-State Choral Festivals, and has sung the national anthem at a variety of events from high school hockey games to Skate America.

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Emma Bishop
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Next month, the 16-year-old is scheduled to perform her first lead role as Polly Browne in "The Boy Friend," by Sandy Wilson, a 1954 spoof of 1920s musical comedies set in the French Riviera. Directed by Kim Weems and choreographed by Terpsie Toon, the LPHS production runs for three nights beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the school auditorium.

When she learned she had the role of Polly Browne, she at first didn't realize the significance.

"I didn't know it was the lead," she said. "But then I got pretty excited. I was also a little nervous because I've had some large roles in the past but never one like this. I wasn't expecting it at all. My friends got good roles as well, so I knew it was going to be a fun year."

Bishop said her first "ah-ha" moment as a singer happened while attending her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration when she was in sixth grade. She had recently performed at a New York State School Music Association event where she was judged on, among other things, a solo performance of a particular song. At the urging of her "No. 1 one fan," her mother, she performed the same solo for the guests at the party, a piece aptly titled, "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

The response, she said, as almost everyone seemed to tell her there wasn't a "dry eye in the room," gave her the notion, "Maybe I have some skill at this singing thing."

Bishop credits Weems with much of her growth in recent years.

"She is an amazing choral director," she said. "She encourages me to step out of my boundaries. There are some notes within my range now I didn't even know I could hit. She knew my range better than I did."

In addition to various events in and around LPHS, Bishop can also be heard on most Sundays singing at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Lake Placid.

A Lake Placid native, Bishop is the daughter of Brian Bishop, a salesman at Hulbert Supply, and Danielle Bishop, a comptroller at Whiteface Lodge.

She hopes to attend either the University of New Hampshire or the University of Connecticut majoring in sport management.

"It's my dream to be an event manager for a pro sports team," she said.

Bishop didn't flinch when asked for any particular team.

"The Boston Bruins."

Her family has raised her on the Bruins, she said, "And we've seen them play a couple of times."

Does that mean that singing may some day fade from her existence?

"I don't think I'll ever stop singing," Bishop said, "even if it's just for myself."



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