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Saipan singer featured in virtual show in New York

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SAIPAN-BORN singer Erica Faye S. Tubera performed in a virtual  show in New York called “Live from Quarantine,” Saturday morning local time.

Tubera joined 17 other performers, who are mostly based on the U.S. mainland, to raise funds for artists affected by Covid-19.

The virtual show was presented by Tabletop Broadway under the direction of Ian B. Connor.

Tubera, who is currently in Brooklyn, New York, performed “How Far I’ll Go,” from the animated movie “Moana.”

Tubera said she chose the song because “it’s about someone who keeps pushing and pushing for something that she knows is right for her, and beyond that line there is a lot of opportunities, and she believed that it’s going to be worth it.”

Tubera said she sent an audition video to the online show in May.

“I never heard back until two weeks ago, saying that out of many people that auditioned, 20 of us were cast! It’s a paid gig and it’s such a blessing for me to be a part of it,” Tubera said.

The fundraising show also aims “to prove that we can still be performers despite the quarantine,” she added.

Tubera is graduating from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in 2022.

She said she discovered her love for musical theatre in middle school. “I’ve been performing in Saipan for all my life [and] now I’ve been auditioning [in New York]  and this is a show that I recently got into,” she added, referring to the virtual show.

Tubera said she is now also interested in real estate.

“Throughout quarantine I discovered my interest in real estate —  I never thought I’d love to do it. It was never my plan,” she said.

“Right now, I’ve been going to real estate school for my side career. But after I graduate from the conservatory, my goal is to audition for shows and make it on Broadway or a movie/TV show.”

She wants to become a musical theater performer and a real estate agent.

Asked what her message is to the other young aspiring artists in the CNMI, Tubera said: “I encourage everyone to keep taking opportunities, because we barely have those in Saipan. There are many opportunities online and all you have to do is conduct  research….  Be humble and stay open to criticisms because  they will  make you grow. Lastly, think about inspiring others.”

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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