Montclair, NJ – Every two years, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) brings the whole town together for an inspiring night to cheer on the talented stars who have been hiding right in our midst!
On April 30th at 7pm in Lackawanna Plaza, MFEE will present ShowUS Montclair, an award-winning interactive evening of local and exceptional performers and stories that highlight the beauty of our diverse community. The host for the evening, Tony® Award-winner, five-time Tony® Award nominee, author, activist, and super mom Laura Benanti, will be leading the charge with her brilliance, humor, and talent. This will be a family-friendly extravaganza not-to-be-missed!
Who are some of these hidden talents who’ll grace the ShowUS stage?
Move over Mr. Park, Hillside’s got another multi-talented teacher! Sure, Leslie Masuzzo is talented at teaching 3rd graders fractions using that new math that no one over 35 years old can do. But did you know she is also an amazing singer? We got a tiny peek at Leslie’s talent, when she performed in the inaugural Showdown in 2018 with her son. Four years (and hours of quarantine practice time) later, Leslie is ready to go solo! You won’t want to miss this inspirational teacher performance!
MHS/Hillside parent Becky Veduccio will be bringing the laughs. Becky is a professional comedian, improviser and award-winning writer. She is the recipient of a New York Press Club Award for humor, as well as a winner of Slackjaw’s 2020 Satirical Writing Challenge on Medium.com. A finalist in 2021’s Ladies of Laughter competition, Becky has performed stand-up comedy and improv in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and London. She has appeared in several feature films including “Maid In Manhattan” and “Return To Me”. In 2018, Becky was delighted to perform stand-up comedy on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Comedy was what brought Becky to Montclair almost twenty years ago! “In 2003, I was asked to host a comedy show for a fundraiser at MHS. I took a DeCamp bus from NYC. Our route wound through the tree-lined streets and beautiful houses, past The Bellevue Theatre and quaint shops. I stepped out onto Park Street and it simply felt HOME. I called my husband and said, “I love this place and it’s only 15 minutes away!” That was it. We started packing. That was also the last time it ever took 15 minutes.”
And finally, MFEE is thrilled to present a Montclair born and bred star-in-the-making – Gabi the Artist! Gabi is a local singer-songwriter and guitarist with a huge dream to bring people together through music. She’s the real deal – her voice, her music, and her energy – will absolutely captivate the whole crowd. She’s currently captivating Nishuane students as a beloved paraprofessional! “I’m so excited to be part of ShowUS Montclair. It’s a privilege to give back and support the teachers of Montclair for all the good that they do. I am also very grateful for MFEE and everything they do to support our teachers.” Don’t miss the chance to cheer on this rising star!
ShowUS Montclair is a fundraiser to benefit MFEE, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. MFEE is a non-profit local education fund founded in 1991 to generate private funding and community support for Montclair Public Schools and to enhance the educational experience of all of Montclair’s public school students. A portion of the proceeds from this event will fund MFEE’s innovative youth programs that address the social/emotional health of students and provide academic support.
To get your tickets to the show or simply to donate, visit www.givebutter.com/showUS_montclair. To sponsor the event please visit: https://bit.ly/MFEEshowUSsponsor