NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Abriana Rosu, known as Abby, has just graduated from Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, but she is already on her way to a successful future in theater.
Rosu, of Strongsville, recently competed in statewide and international theater competitions at the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys), winning several. She’s a singer who plans to major in theater studies when she begins classes at Kent State University in the fall.
She said her awards represent multiple tiers, starting with the state level in the spring, which was virtual this year.
“I sent in a video hearing,” she said. “I sang ‘The Girl Who Drove Away’ by Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. It’s their most popular show, and quite recently it was off Broadway.
The plot of the musical follows a high school student, Samantha. “It’s a coming-of-age story reflecting her relationship with her boyfriend, mother and best friend,” Rosu said. “There’s a lot of humor, but it’s a little serious at the same time.
“She drove to get away for a while,” Rosu said. “Her problem is with not letting herself be free, and that is reflected in the song, which is mid-tempo and quite varied.”
Rosu received a “double superior” score in the Ohio Thespy competition for his video audition. Representing Ohio in the international competition – also a virtual presentation – she earned an “excellent” rating.
In addition to theater studies, Rosu is planning a double major which includes visual communication design.
“I’m looking to work in illustration in something like American Greetings or illustrating children’s books or just freelance illustration,” she said. “This is the end goal.
“But I do plan to do school musicals in Kent State, as well as outside of school, primarily at the Near West Theater on Gordon Square. It is a very open community theater artistically and very determined to tell stories.
Rosu also dives into the art of comics and has had some of his work published locally.
Rosu has been singing her whole life, she said, and her opportunities to perform really opened up thanks to the junior choir at the church. She remembers singing a solo at the age of 5 at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River.
She was also a part of the All Ohio Thespian Show, in which students come from all over Ohio and write a show together.
“The theme was a time capsule – a look back at the year 2020,” she said. “Everyone met on Zoom and they were all really excited because it’s difficult to get on the All Ohio show.”
Rosu is accumulating experience, and yet she has been an actress for only a year and started doing theater only three years ago.
“Being an actress is like being a member of the National Honor Society in school,” she said, clearly proud of her accomplishments.
She apparently comes from a talented family, as she has an older brother who does not sing, but is interested in cinema.
“He would like to be a director one day,” she said.
And his mother is also talented. She likes to draw.
Who says talent doesn’t work in families?
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