NORWALK, Conn. Norwalks Brennyn Langhorn portrays the teenage victim of cyber-bullying in a production that began touring the United States last month. The Trinity Catholic graduate has also just released the third single in her budding musical career.
Both steps are among the first up a career ladder that looks bright. Langhorns talents took root at All Saints Catholic School and Trinity, and on stages in Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport.
Its been quite the ride, said Langhorn, daughter of Norwalk residents, Larry and Teri Langhorn. Just being able to perform and doing what I love to do has been amazing. I love being artistically engaged.
Langhorn is part of a five-member troupe performing Virtually Me. Her character, Lindsay, is the victim of a cyber-bullying campaign at Wi-Fi High. The musical, aimed at students in grades 4-9, touches on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogs, texting and other social media that kids have used to bully others. It is a subject that Langhorn, 19, knows firsthand as a young woman who grew up in the midst of swift technology changes.
My generation is the budding aspect of technology, Langhorn said. It just gets bigger all the time. I cant say I was bullied, but Ive seen and heard some pretty rough things. It can destroy lives.
The show started in mid-January and has been to Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New York. Langhorn said the show has contracts through late February, and she is hopeful Connecticut schools will be interested in booking it. Langhorn has performed with the cast in a variety of settings, from 4,000-seat venues to tiny gymnasiums.
Our set and sound system can work in any venue, she said.
She has been singing since she was 5. She also played softball and basketball, and was a cheerleader. I did everything, she said.
Her first brush with entertainment came when she modeled in a fashion show on the "Today" show at age 8. When she was in sixth grade, Langhorn appeared in a television advertisement for Verizon and started to pick up roles at All Saints. Around the same time, she stopped playing sports. I figured I had more passion for singing than I do for sports, she said.
She earned more roles at Curtain Call , Crystal Theatre and the Downtown Cabaret . She also performed in " Aida " in Kidz Theater in New York in 2010. She graduated from Trinity in 2010 and attended the New School in New York for a year.
I wanted to take time off and pursue what I wanted to do, she said. Im very much in favor of my education. I decided now was a great time to pursue a music career.
It is paying off now. She won a National Youth Arts award for outstanding lead actress in "Aida" in September. She is also focusing on her music, which is managed by the Norwalk-based L2 Entertainment . Her new song Hard 2 Handle was released last month. She writes lyrics during down time on her tour with Virtually Me. She goes by the musical name Brennyn Lark. She also won the Miss Jr. Teen Ct. Elite pageant, and has performed in talent shows.
Where it will all lead is anyones guess. Clearly, Langhorn is going places that she could only dream about a few years ago.
I think Im ready for it, Langhorn said. Whether its theater or music, Im excited to get the opportunity. The important thing is that I maintain my focus. Im hoping it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
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