Sunday, April 19, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Fairfield teen finds her voice on stage

1 kyndall sillanpaa 1

Kyndall Sillanpaa sits in the Oakland School For the Arts in Oakland, Wednesday. Sillanpaa, a sophomore from Fairfield, will sing a solo in Oakland Sountrack, the school's vocal spring concert. Oakland Sountrack will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theater. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | May 01, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Kyndall Sillanpaa will sing “Edge of Seventeen” on Friday night at the Oakland School for the Arts spring showcase.

Sillanpaa, 15, who lives in Fairfield, isn’t old enough to drive but has her life planned out beyond the edge of 17. It involves Broadway. She did her first show with Missouri Street Theatre when she was 5 or 6.

“I was a fairly introverted kid,” she said.

There was magic in theater. She grew more comfortable singing on stage, made new friends and loved the audience’s approval.

What started out as something to do over summer break turned into a passion, then a career choice. That path was solidified when she auditioned for the Oakland School of the Arts, which opened its doors in 2002. It’s housed in the Fox Theatre and offers an intensive arts program with a comprehensive academic curriculum.

A veteran of about a dozen local theater productions, mainly musicals, Sillanpaa faced a tough choice on whether to focus on singing or acting at the arts school.

“My voice is my strong suit,” she said. “That’s what I felt I was best at.”

Her school day begins at 8:10 a.m. She leaves Fairfield at 6:30 a.m.

The morning is spent with core subjects such as math and English. The afternoon centers on her studies in the school of vocal music, where she is also a member of the school’s Vocal Rush, an a cappella group that was featured on TV’s “Sing-off.”

Sillanpaa joined Vocal Rush after they appeared on TV. She is the youngest member of the group, which spent its spring break on tour in Puerto Rico. Vocal Rush has also sung at gatherings for employees of Yahoo and Oracle.

“We’ve done some amazing different things,” Sillanpaa said. “We’ve even done home parties.”

With the spring showcase on the horizon, Sillanpaa’s school days have been longer with extra rehearsals. When she gets home, it’s time to do academic work. Her hard work is paying off with a 4.0 GPA.

Sillanpaa plans to attend college after graduation. Then, it’s off to the Big Apple and stage work. It doesn’t have to involve starring roles, just a steady, well-paying job on Broadway, one that will pay the bills, she said.

“I just love Kyndall,” said Cava Menzies, vocal program director at the Oakland School for the Arts, in a press release. “She’s the ideal student. She comes to class or rehearsal always focused on point.

“Even with older students, we’ll start and I see them taking out their cellphones. But not Kyndall, she’s always there and ready to work.”

Dae Spering, artistic director at Missouri Street Theatre, used to call Sillanpaa “mini me,” as both got involved with theater young and stayed with it.

“I saw this incredible talent,” Spering said of her first interaction with Sillanpaa. “It’s nice to see it cultivated.”

Sillanpaa already has everything it takes to be a theater professional, Spering said.

“Missouri Street Theatre nurtured me into the performer I am now,” Sillanpaa said.

Spering and Kat McFadden taught her the skills she uses today, she said.

Friday’s show will mark Sillanpaa’s second consecutive year as a featured soloist in the spring show. This year’s is titled “Soundtrack” and will feature tunes from Hollywood movies.

The show is at the Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 9 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • phillipMay 01, 2014 - 2:27 am

    Hey responsible parent, i look at her see a very modestly dressed beautiful young lady. Her outfit is very beautiful and very classy. My concern is why do you look at her and see something sexual and make notice of her bra strap are you some kind of a pedophile? Are you a 290?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalMay 01, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Philip, what she's saying, is that a 15 year old should repress any and all natural instincts to explore their sexuality to fit her rigid standards.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 01, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Responsible Parent, go let Carrie out of the closet and get over yourself!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Responsible ParentMay 01, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Phillip- I am a MOTHER and would feel this is innapropriate dress for someone 15 going to my children's school to sing or perform. I'm raising my chidren to respect themselves and that starts with the way they dress. It sounds like YOU phillip like what you see and have no problem with CHILDREN dressing in a manner that is oversexualized. Are YOU a pedophile???? It would explain while you're so happy about what you see. Don't comment back please I have no interest on going back and forth with a weirdo

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Danny BuntinMay 01, 2014 - 8:23 am

    @Responsible Parent(Says who?): Stop with the drivel that you "are a MOTHER" stick. Most of us who comment here are parents. That does not give us a pass on making silly comments. The young lady is dressed appropriately, nothing more, nothing less. I suppose a gymnast should wear a dress all the way down to their ankles?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensMay 01, 2014 - 6:50 am

    What an incredibly talented beautifully attractive accomplished young lady! She's precisely the perfect child in every respect. Somebody did a great job as a parent and this is exactly what were looking for! She's a class act-- so urbane and debonaire! Ami----keep showcasing young people like this!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • no1fanMay 01, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Way to go Kyndall! It's so great to see you follow through with your dreams. You have turned out to be a beautiful young lady. Good Luck!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Aj CruzMay 01, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    What an extraordinary young lady

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • BaseballmomMay 01, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Awesome story! Way to go Kyndall! Can say we "knew you when...." ;-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Tiny twins call Heather House their 1st home

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 40 Comments | Gallery

 
Solano ranks last in Bay Area for health

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

SID to consider water rate hikes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

 
Waiting game: Woman, toddler hope for kidney transplants

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Bachelor party turns into community event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

Il Fiorello serves up chocolate desserts

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
City announces Browns Valley Road closures

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

Healthier Living program begins mid-May

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

 
When to throw in the towel on sickly plants

By Karen Metz | From Page: C4

Coping with seasonal allergies

By Emerita Brigino-Buenaventura, M.d | From Page: C4

 
Church hosts health, wellness fair

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Solano superhero back in school

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
Weather for Sunday, April 19, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B6

Home, garden show offers something for everyone

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Land use, design, project synergy key to growth

By Brian Miller and Karl Dumas | From Page: B7

2 nations at center of market drop

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
Vanden robotics team ready to compete in world championships

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Fairfield hotel gets major renovation

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Teen victim of Dixon shooting dies

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A7, 4 Comments

 
Fairfield police log: April 17, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: April 17, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Commissary-Exchange pairing gains steam

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

Airmen with county ties complete training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

Time plus distance help some Oklahoma City victims move on

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
San Francisco marks anniversary of 1906 earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Scarlett O’Hara outfit fetches $137,000 at auction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

 
Sound off for April 19, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
Talk about corruption

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 8 Comments

 
Justice not served

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 24 Comments

Clinton should spruce up a bit

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 20 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in history: Sunday, April 19, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 19, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Horoscopes: April 19, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
Wife needs to decide if she can tolerate husband’s binge drinking

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Anna Kendrick has book of essays coming out in 2016

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Phil Klay, Leslie Jamison among PEN award nominees

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
.

Sports

Reddick’s 3-run homer sends A’s to 5-0 victory over Royals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Cal defense shines for a change at scripted spring game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Crawford, Heston lead Giants to win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Merritt maintains edge through 3 rounds at RBC Heritage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Jones throws 2 TDs, wins challenge at Ohio State spring game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tom Watson: Next Masters might be his last

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Free agent center Wisniewski signs 1-year deal with Jaguars

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pete Rose hired by Fox as special guest studio analyst

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Marcotte, Ryan win US cycling Criterium championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Independent league experiments with 3-ball walks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Hometown report: Little League baseball

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

Hometown report: Youth track

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Kenseth content in car and not contemplating retirement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Logano leads flag-to-flag to win Xfinity race at Bristol

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for April 19

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
.

Business

Using a prepaid card? Avoid getting socked with fees

By The Washington Post | From Page: B7

 
Recalls this week: blowers, bike hooks, mattresses, toys

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

This year’s fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
IMS: US prescription drug spending jumped 13 percent in 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Fast-growing Asian aviation confronts safety challenges

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
 
.

Obituaries

John Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Allen Ellsworth Dolby Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Carole Anspach

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Frances Bayona Lozano

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Robert Larkin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Barbara Medders

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Carrol “Carl” Gordon Parker

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sterling Jenkins

By Nancy Green | From Page: A5

Dennis Burkhart von Ting

By Nancy Green | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics