Chester County High School student Gideon McManus accepted to prestigous drama school


Gideon McManus, senior at Chester County High School was recently accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) New York Conservatory of the Arts.
AMDA New York will allow McManus to do his theatre studies with “faculty of successful Broadway directors, choreographers, actors, film directors, TV producers and casting agents.”
McManus had to audition to be accepted in the college which only has around 1,500 students and an acceptance rate of about 21 percent.
McManus’s past performances at Chester County High School include being: “Benjamin” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Hansel, Dwarf, and God” in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, “Donkey” in Shrek the Musical, “Mark” in Lockdown, “Kenicke” in Grease, “Tuc” in The Taste of Sunrise, “Blake” in Murder Me Always, “Jack Kelley” in Newsies and “Quasimodo” in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
In order to get him where he is today, he has taken eight years of vocal training at Studio on Main Street; completed Theatre 1, Theatre 2, and Theatre 3 at CCHS, participated in the CCHS theatre program for five years. He even learned sign language to play a deaf character in the Taste of Sunrise.
Adding on to his drama talents, he can play the guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele and banjo.
McManus will be performing in his last CCHS production in March as the school’s theatre program puts on “Singin’ in the Rain Musical” March 13-15 and the 17.