Becca Kloha will realize dream
“Someday I want to perform at the Paramount.”
The young lady who said this five years ago will be living her dream, along with her equally talented husband, on April 19. Rebecca Kloha is one of three daughters of the Rev. Mark Kloha and his wife, Nancy, of Ashland.
Rebecca, now known as Becca, was a student in my English class at Verity Middle School. At that time, she was also very much involved as a student at the former June Conn School of Dance. In 2000, she left Paul G. Blazer High School to attend Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, Conn., where she graduated in 2003. I had the opportunity to attend one of her performances in “The Nutcracker” at the conservatory.
In 2003, she began her college career in musical theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated in 2007. The summer after her junior year, she met Ryan Strand while they were both doing summer stock at Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Ill. Ryan had graduated in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 2010, they were married.
Both of these talented young people have toured or are currently touring in well-known musicals. Ryan was in “Jersey Boys,” and Becca is performing now in “Wicked.” In September 2012, her parents invited me to travel with them to Louisville to see Becca in “Wicked,” a thoroughly enjoyable production.
On April 19, Becca and Ryan will perform “The Sound of Yesteryear,” a mixture of classic jazz tunes from such artists as Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble, just to mention a few. Some of the well-known songs, including “Moondance,” “You’re the Top,” “Crazy Thing Called Love.”
Becca and Ryan hope to see you at the Paramount.
Rena K. Rileyn Ashland
Becca Kloha will realize dream
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