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3-1-24 — Middle School Student Signs with Lyric Opera

March 1, 2024 ~ In this edition of #OPSMyFuture, we caught up with Ceci Sellers, who is in seventh grade at Frontier Trail Middle School. Last summer, Ceci signed a professional contract with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. You may recognize her as Young Elsa from the districtwide production of Disney’s “Frozen,” The Broadway Musical.

“I started singing early on in elementary school, and I started wanting to do theater when I was maybe 8 or 9,” Ceci said. “I just like being on stage, and you make a lot of good friendships from it too, because you get to know the people you’re performing with really well.”

Ceci SellersCeci found a passion for singing in first grade with the help of her music teacher at Tomahawk Elementary School. That same teacher, Sarah Gesling, is now the choir director at Frontier Trail.

“She put on these little shows that I really enjoyed doing,” Ceci said. “Even though I was really young, I kind of started to think this is what I want to do. It kind of helped me decide what my passion was.”

Last summer, Ceci signed a professional contract with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies. They rehearse in downtown Kansas City and get to perform their shows at the highly renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Ceci’s personal voice teacher also performs at Kauffman, and it was she who encouraged Ceci to audition for them. In the fall, Lyric Opera of Kansas City put on a production of “The Sound of Music.” Ceci went to audition for one of the Von Trapp kids and ended up with the role of Marta.

“My voice teacher told me that even if you don’t get in, it’s still fun to try,” Ceci said. “I got called back and eventually got cast, and it was just so much fun.”

After middle school, Ceci plans to attend Olathe East High School, where her mom is a teacher. She plans on being involved in choir and theater. Outside of that, she enjoys running cross-country, which she started this year, and hopes to continue with it in high school.