SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Olivia Rich has a singing voice well beyond her young 12 years. Dancing, singing and acting, the Curtis Corner Middle School student has performed in several performances and lit Old Mountain Field like the fireworks display that followed her with her talented voice singing the National Anthem on July 4.
It seems performing is what Rich is meant to do. Growing up with a mother who sang and a father who plays guitar, it is no surprise that the young girl has developed into one of South Kingstown’s most talented.
“I probably get it from them. [Performing] is something I naturally started doing. I found it enjoyable and fun,” Rich said.
From a very young age, so young that she can barely remember, Rich has been performing, starting first with singing and then progressing into theatre. This past year, Rich took on dancing, joining the Terpsichore Competitive Dance Company at the Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre.
“When she was very young she started singing and we realized she had a nice soprano voice. We knew she do something with it. She’s now trying different venues to see what she loves most,” Joy Rich, Olivia’s mother said.
Knowing she had a love and talent for singing and performing, Rich starred in her first musical when she was seven years old playing Rajah the tiger in Aladdin for Fantasy Works, which is now the Rhode Island Youth Theater.
“When I did Aladdin that was a big deal for me because it was my first real show,” Rich recalls.
Since performing in Aladdin, Rich has gone on to sing in the junior choir at the Peace Dale Congregational Church, where she is often asked to sing solos. When she was 11 years old, Rich became involved in the Courthouse Center for the Arts, where she played Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life and starred in Sleeping Beauty. Rich even placed as number two soprano in the Junior All-state chorus. Two years, Rich was awarded the honor of first place in South County’s Got Talent in the town’s annual talent competition as well.
After all her experiences, however singing the National Anthem at South Kingstown’s annual fireworks display was something on a whole different level.
“[Performing] is usually exciting. It’s something I like to do. It can be very nervous. I’ve been on stage many time, but this time at the fireworks everyone started standing up,” Rich said.
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