Mary Kate Hughes (at right) sings in Starkville Community Theaterâ€™s musical revue â€śSCT Unpluggedâ€ť as Brenda Mayo (left) and Janis Ross look on. Hughes is one of 11 finalists in Stagelighterâ€™s Break Into Broadway Showcase. (Submitted photo)
Mary Kate Hughes has been on stage since she was a child.
The first performance she remembers is being in her churchâ€™s Nativity play, and she appeared in several Starkville High School musicals before graduating in 2013. But when she went to the University of Mississippi, she chose vocal performance as a major, thinking her future lay there specifically. Then she performed in a musical theater revue, as well as an opera, and her mind began to change.
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