Janet Krupin and Noah Hunt are achieving their dreams in the entertainment world.
Krupin, daughter of Paul and Nancy Krupin of Kennewick, has been touring with Bring It On: The Musical stage show for two years. The show makes its Broadway debut later this summer when Bring It On opens at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
Hunt, the son of Ethan and Karen Schwebke of Kennewick, has been making a living as an actor in Hollywood the past two years, appearing in national commercials and a popular web series called The Homes.
The dreams started when they were children testing their acting ability at the Academy of Children's Theatre.
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Krupin, a 2006 Kennewick High School grad, says she didn't know what it meant when adults would tell her as a child that, after she would sing or dance, she could be on Broadway.
"It confused me when I heard that because the best place I could think of to perform then was the Benton Franklin Fair," Krupin told the Herald recently via email. "When I asked my dad about Broadway, he said it was where they do all the big shows (and) where all the best performers go. But it still didn't mean anything real to me."
Even when she and her family went on vacation to New York City and they caught a few Broadway shows, a future on stage didn't seem plausible.
"It was too far, too fantastic, and there were so many people who told me that performing as a career was an unrealistic fantasy," she said.
Hunt's journey into the acting realm wasn't too far distant from Krupin's. It was Krupin who encouraged Hunt to try acting by introducing him to the Academy of Children's Theatre when they were in grade school.
Both are lumped into the "triple threat" category, which means they can act, sing and dance. They are hot on the heels of another successful Tri-Citian, Santino Fontana, who already is a Broadway star.
Fontana, a Richland High grad, will play Prince Charming in the upcoming Broadway production of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. His other Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, A View from the Bridge, Sunday in the Park with George, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Hunt was a first-grader when he first saw Fontana, a senior at the time, in ACT's production of Wilbur.
"Noah thought Santino was a god," his mother said. "Quietly and observantly, Noah watched Santino's every move on stage. He wanted to be Santino, but he couldn't even get up the nerve to talk to (Fontana)."
Hunt ultimately lost his inhibitions and slid easily into acting, though he has a great love for music, as well.
"My passions tend to go back and forth between music and acting," Noah said during a recent trip home to the Tri-Cities. "But it's been harder to get a music career started in L.A. than it's been to find acting jobs."
He is making enough money as an actor that he doesn't have to moonlight as a waiter to pay the rent, he quipped.
"I've learned a lot since moving (to L.A.), and made some mistakes, but messing up is how you learn," he said. "I am fortunate to have great support from my family and friends. I know where I'm going, and this is where I want to be."
Besides the film that got him noticed in Hollywood as a teenager, Ghosts of Celilo, he starred in The Homes, which was a one-of-a-kind indie rock musical and cross country road trip adventure.
He soon will be starring in a play, Distant Thunder, which is part of an L.A. festival called Native Voices at the Autry, and will be appearing in another web series called Euston Prep. He also just finished filming a commercial for Xbox, which he says will be aired in the Northwest, but he doesn't know when.
Krupin says she never would have made it to Broadway by herself.
"I have so much to be thankful for," she said. "My family was always encouraging, but there were so many other people in the Tri-Cities who encouraged and helped me along the way."
She credits her Kennewick School District grade school teachers for making music and acting classes a joy, even the embarrassing moments as a fourth-grader when she fell off the stage during a holiday pageant.
"There are so many people to thank," Krupin said. "I would love to return home someday and sing at the Benton Franklin Fair again. I would love to have a fundraiser in my old high school and help fund the drama and dance programs.
"I would love to give back to the community theaters that gave me so much opportunity and support. And I would love to help build the performing arts center (the Tri-Cities) has been striving towards for years. That's a part of what this Broadway debut means to me. All these people and places gave me the power to make my dreams a reality.
"And even though the Tri-Cities is no longer where I live, it will always be special to me because that's where I learned what I love."