By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Westborough – For Westborough High School (WHS) freshman Tyler Keogh, the word “busy” does not adequately describe his life. In addition to his schoolwork and social life, Keogh performs with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers; is a member of the WHS Concert Choir, the WHS a cappella group “Don’t Panic,” the WHS Chamber Chorus, the Hanover Conservatory, and the Sky Rise Theater; and takes private voice, hip hop and tap lessons.
Keogh was also recently featured in a short film titled, “The Shade,” at the Red King Cinema on the North Shore in which he plays the protagonist James.
“I love the thrill of performing whether it is singing, dancing or acting,” Keogh said. “It really is very exciting and there is a rush of adrenaline. I do get a little anxious but I am always very focused. Being a little nervous is really OK.”
Keogh enjoys singing as a tenor or alto and performing at Ned’s Coffeehouse with the Chamber Chorus or in theater productions.
When Tyler was in kindergarten, his mother, who was working full-time, needed summer daycare for him. He was enrolled at Sky Rise Theater and he fell in love with performing.
“One of my memorable performances through Sky Rise Theater was when I played Flounder in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ It was really a lot of fun,” Keogh recalled. “I also enjoy performing in ‘A Christmas Carol’ with the Hanover Conservatory. This will be my third year in this production. I will play Young Scrooge. We rehearse for about two and a half weeks and perform in about a dozen shows.”
“There is no theater experience in our family,” noted Keogh’s mother Kim. “This is solely Tyler’s journey and we are so happy to support his dreams. In the industry, he is known as a ‘triple threat’ with the ability to sing, act and dance among his passions. As long as he continues to be a good student and citizen, we are 100 percent behind him.”
Keogh credits the Westborough Fine Arts (WFA) program and their entire faculty with being wonderful mentors to him.
“He has had such an incredible experience with all of the directors he’s been in contact with,” Kim Keogh said. “The WFA program has been an incredible resource and he continues to have direction on all levels.”
When Keough is not performing or doing schoolwork, he enjoys relaxing on his hammock, watching television and YouTube videos, and playing with his pet guinea pig Annie. He loves any opportunity to perform and hopes to attend college to continue learning and perfecting his craft.