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The 26 year old Rapp appeared at the Shubert 17 years ago in “Evita” when he was a grade school student in Shorewood.
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“I loved it. When I returned after the second summer there to Illinois, I wanted to do more. My mom’s story was that I found an ad in the paper about auditions for A Christmas Carol,’ which was being mounted by Waubonsee Community College (in Sugar Grove),” Rapp said. “I had gotten the part of Tiny Tim. I had just turned 8. I knew this is what I wanted to do and keep on doing.”
That led to other community theater roles.
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“She was supportive. But this was my thing. She encouraged me because she supported what I wanted to do. She was wonderful. One of the greatest moments of my life was when she saw me in Rent,’ ” Rapp said, explaining that his mom and several other family members came for the opening night on Broadway April 29, 1996. (His parents divorced when Rapp was 2, and his father, Doug, saw the show at a later time.)
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Hart remembered that he and others in their group who would later perform in high school shows with Rapp wished they could trade places with him.
“It was very cool. It was outside our realm of experience. But there was also a lot of jealousy,” he said. “To see one of us making it already was hard, but it was neat. Later on, when we were older, we were very happy for him.”
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Balancing all his school activities and studies with theater performances in the Chicago area was never particularly easy for Rapp, according to Joliet West English teacher Barbara Markelz, sponsor of the school paper and the yearbook.
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Longtime Joliet West guidance counselor David Jaeger also is a longtime Rapp fan.
“He’s been in front of people all of his life. He is so at ease at what he does. And he is a very intelligent young man. He was canada goose factory outlet vancouver always quite active at school and was a gifted academic student too,” Jaeger said.
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