Top regional performer earns third recognition after banner year

Arts and Entertainment

December 10, 2015

Shelley Keelor anticipates 2016 season; South Florida #StartWith1Thing project

A veteran vocalist was recognized for a third time in 2015 for her contributions to the performing arts in relation to her most recent acting and stage work. Keelor, who is an international soloist, as well as an actress and cabaret performer, received a Silver Palm Award for "Outstanding contributions to South Florida theater." The award was based on her performance in Carrie: The Musical at Slow Burn Theatre Co., and in the show Side by Side by Sondheim, produced at two theaters in conjunction with MNM Productions.

"Shelley Keelor's line-by-line dissection and resulting performance of the survivor's anthem "I'm Still Here" may well be the best I've ever heard including those by Elaine Stritch and Patti LuPone," wrote Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre on Stage, of her performance in Side by Side by Sondheim.

The Silver Palm was presented to Keelor on Dec. 7 at an event in Fort Lauderdale.  The recipients of the awards are chosen annually by journalists from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, who cover and review regional theatre, and serve on the Silver Palm Awards' Advisory Council. 

Earlier in the year Keelor was named Best Supporting Actress, 2015, by New Times newspaper, for her portrayal of Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical.

"…Keelor consumed everything the set, the music, the title character with her unquenchable hysteria. You hated her character as much as you'd ever hated anyone on a stage in that moment, but you were transfixed," the article stated.

Additionally, she received a Carbonell Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, for her role in Carrie.

#StartWith1Thing in 2016

Looking ahead to the New Year, Keelor will take on another role appearing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as Pauline Fleming in Heathers The Musical, part of Slow Burn's 2016 season.  She will continue touring with counter tenor Terry Barber in the concert The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, scheduled in several south Florida venues this coming season. But one of her key projects will center on her highly-lauded one-woman, cabaret-style show, and an upcoming CD release of popular and Broadway cover songs, which is how she will support the #StartWith1Thing movement.

Early in her career, Keelor co-produced a multi-media benefit show in Greenville, South Carolina, called Listen, the Unheard Voices of Animals, which helped raise money for local animal organizations. She also contributed to the award winning documentary The Final Run, which profiled the plight of racing greyhounds and assisted greyhound rescues. Now, inspired by the recent documentary series, Racing Extinction, and the related #StartWith1Thing movement to ignite support in communities around the world, Keelor is making a pledge to provide a portion of the proceeds from her upcoming CD to assist Florida's imperiled animals through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Imperiled Species Management Plan, which addresses the needs of individual species and employs integrated conservation strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats.

About Shelley Keelor

With a career spanning more than 400 performances, is an international concert vocalist, having appeared as a soloist in more than a dozen countries, including at the famed Aspendos Amphitheater in Antalya Turkey. Some of her other South Florida credits include Penelope in Rock Odyssey at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and Kurt Weill's Berlin to Broadway at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Her New York and regional theatre credits include leading roles in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, Always Patsy Cline, The Music Man, The Fantasticks, Beauty and the Beast, The Will Rogers Follies, South Pacific, Social Security, How I Learned To Drive and more. Keelor also contributes to the arts as a private voice educator and coach at Maltz Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and Dreyfoos Performing Arts High School and in her private studio. She attended Miami of Ohio College of Creative Arts, from which she received a vocal and music degree.

For more information or to inquire about booking Keelor for a performance to support #StartWith1Thing in support of Florida's imperiled animals, please visit Keelor's website, www.shelleykeelor.com.  To request a hi-resolution photo, or to inquire about an interview with Keelor, please email KimParkerPR@gmail.com