Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bridgette Perdue Brings Her Talents to the August Wilson Center

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bridgette Perdue Brings Her Talents to the August Wilson Center

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When Bridgette Perdue calls for you to "Wake Up and Dream," it's more than a push from behind. She leads by example.

Ms. Perdue's dream of a show comes true on stage tonight at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown.

"'Wake Up and Dream' is a multidisciplinary performance," said Ms. Perdue, who is an August Wilson fellow. "It features my original music. I play piano and sing. But it has backup dancers, concert lighting and a full band. And it features an actor, who kind of dramatizes audio clips of people's real-life stories.

"The stories are from people sharing their dreams and what they want to accomplish in their lives and the obstacles they've had to overcome in their lives."

Ms. Perdue, 28, is a graduate of North Allegheny High School and attended Point Park University, where she earned degrees in musical theater and arts management.

"My parents are kind of closet musicians," she said. "My dad was in the men's choir at church and my mom played clarinet. I'm one of five kids, and we all sing, dance, act, write, rap, play instruments. Somehow all of us have gotten into it. My sister actually is in the show."

Ms. Perdue describes herself as "a full-time music artist," splitting her time between teaching and performing.

"I'm the music director for Alumni Theater, a kids theater company, and I'm a visiting artist for Propel Charter School," she said. "I also teach private voice and private piano. And then I also am singing and song-writing and performing, whether it's at Penn State or in Ohio. I do a lot of shows regionally.

"I was part of the City of Bridges Tour, where I performed in art galleries, boutiques, the Shadow Lounge. Different places where I premiered my original music," she said. "And I was part of the Sunstar Music Festival, celebrating women in music at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. …

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