Jennifer Walls is such an impressive musical impersonator, Ben Vereen encouraged her to take her Liza Minnelli show to New York.
But when she hits the Victoria Playhouse stage Nov. 24, she says you won’t see Liza or Celine Dion. “It will be pure me,” says the Toronto-based singer/producer/voice actor.
This is Walls’ second season celebrating Christmas with Starbright. She heard about Petrolia through college friend Callendra Dendais – one of theseven other featured performers in the ensemble.
After her first Starbright, she sidled up to David Rogers and told him she really liked it here and what else did they have going on?
Walls ended up in what she calls a “life changing experience” working with Vereen in What a Wonderful World.
Vereen told her “don’t apologize for what you do – just do your thing.” And he encouraged her to consider going to New York with her killer Liza impersonation.
But Walls impersonation skills will stay on the shelf for Starbright Christmas and she’s happy to show the audience “pure me” in a show filled with hope and love.
“Alexis Gordon and I were practising His Eye is on the Sparrow the day after the (terrorist) attacks in Paris and it is apparent this is the sort of show which is important right now.”
And Walls, who once narrowly lost in her hometown beauty pageant, will get a chance to show her kooky side again in the 2016 season’s Little Miss County Fair. “Maybe this time I’ll win.”