Each week, Media Patch features individual kids, teens, youth groups, and sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments in the feature called Whiz Kid. We also want to hear suggestions on who you'd like to see featured as a Whiz Kid, so send some nominations our way. This week's Whiz Kid is Gregory Smith an Episcopal Academy singer and actor who lives in Media.
Name: Gregory Smith
Accomplishment: At just 11 years old, Gregory Smith has already had his share of the limelight at several well-known stages, including the Walnut Street Theatre and Media Theatre. Gregory's first musical was in Oklahoma when he was just 7 years old. He also played Oliver–one of his favorite roles so far in a musical– in Oliver! at the Walnut Street Theatre.
His most recent stint had him on stage at the Keswick Theater in Glenside with 10-year-old child prodigy, musician, composer and actor Ethan Bortnick. The two then went on tour to sing in New York City to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The sixth-grader won a singing competition sponsored by KidzBop, in which Gregory won from hundreds of young participants.
Why he's awesome: Perhaps it was his theatre-going parents or his mother who used to sing around the house when he was younger, or his great grandfather who was a singer and actor himself, that inspired Gregory to sing and act. But what he knows for sure is that "two of my favorite things are acting and singing."
Although Gregory doesn't have a personal singing or acting coach, he's signed up for theatre classes at the Media Theatre since he was about the age of 5 or 6. During an upcoming audition or role in a musical, Gregory spends hours practicing after school. He credits his success to those classes as well as to "my mom who gives me the talent but also my dad who helps me practice," said Gregory.
Already been under the bright lights, Gregory dreams to one day be on the "big stage."
"I would really want to be a broadway actor or a singer and maybe make up my own songs," said Gregory.
His advice to others: "Keep going; if you practice a lot you'll get a shot."
Editor's note: Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout or did your local hockey team take the championship? They may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid.