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Emerson Becomes a Star

Emerson, a broadway star

“ It was one of the best things in the world for me to see her be able to do that." ”


- Emerson's dad

Most kids just dream about becoming a star. Like other kids, Emerson, who has battled brain cancer for the last four years, wondered if her dreams would ever come true. Would she ever be able to sing on stage? This past year, Emerson's wish came true when she traveled to New York City to learn how to become a Broadway sensation.

“At first it was, I wanted to be in a Broadway musical,” Emerson told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “Then my passion changed, and I had another wish that I wanted to be a star for a day. But I was like, ‘If I’m going to have a big wish like this, I want to know what it’s going to be like to be a star and what you have to do to get to be an actress.’ That was my wish.”

Before leaving, Make-A-Wish, with the help of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, threw this special wish kid a send-off party.  Emerson, treated like the star she is, enjoyed dinner on stage and karaoke.

Emerson received even more star treatment as soon as she arrived in the city that never sleeps.

For three days, Emerson worked on performing, singing and acting with performance coach Trapper Felides at his studio and even participated in a photo shoot with singer/model Rachel Lorin Filsoof. Emerson was also thrilled to go backstage for a performance of Broadway’s “Cinderella.”

For Emerson’s dad, seeing his daughter get her wish was a memorable experience.

“It was one of the best things in the world for me to see her be able to do that,” her dad told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “It was cool for her to get her wish.”

  • Emerson in the cockpit on her way to New York.

  • Emersen and her sister load up on chocolates.

  • Emersen receives coaching from coach Trapper Felides.

  • Emersen receives coaching from Trapper Felides.

  • A day with the pros.

  • Emerson and performance coach Trapper Felides

  • Emerson on stage.

  • Emerson attends Broadway's Cinderella

  • Emerson and her family.

  • Emerson on the news.

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