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LAHS Graduate Gary Cooper Makes Broadway Debut!

on October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

Gary Cooper, Los Alamos High School Class of 2013, debuts on Broadway Friday in ‘Aladdin’ by Disney. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos High School Class of 2013 graduate Gary Cooper will make his Broadway debut Friday evening when he joins the cast of the musical “Aladdin” by Disney at the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

When Cooper told his mother, Fran at five years of age, “Mommy, one day I’m going to perform on Broadway,” she wondered to herself how he had ever heard of Broadway.

“He was already singing, memorizing songs and playing the piano by then and he just loved anything to do with music,” she said. “I didn’t put it past him. He worked really hard to get there.”

Cooper’s father Bill said he is so proud of his son.

“This is like making it to the NFL! This is as elite as you can get in musical theater,” he said.

Bill Cooper said Gary auditioned Friday, Sept. 29, got the call the next day, was welcomed to Disney on Sunday and by Monday was being fitted for handmade shoes for his role. He said the cast has been very helpful to Gary as he prepares for his roles as the shop owner, in the ensemble and as an understudy for Razoul.

Cooper studied with the Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera during all four years of high school. He danced the part of Dracula and the Gold Soloist in the ballet “Dracula” for the New Mexico Dance Theatre.

Cooper went on to attend the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and graduated from there earlier this year. He has appeared in “Evita”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “The Daughter of the Regiment” at Opera North in Lebanon, N.H.

At CCM, Cooper performed in “A Chorus Line”, “Carousel”, “Peter Pan”, “Les Miserables” and “Mack and Mabel”. For the last three years he has played Adam in “Awaited”, a creative telling of the Christmas story, at Crossroads in Cincinnati.

Cooper’s parents plan to attend “Aladdin” in November, however, his older brother, Billy, who is in the U.S. Marine Corps studying to be a pilot, plans to be there for the Friday night debut.


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