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Lincoln-Way East students Ellie Houlihan (left) and Max Adams perform a scene in “Sweet Pride” on April 28 at the Founders Community Center in Frankfort. The play was written, directed and produced by fellow Lincoln-Way East student Anmarie D’Ortenzio. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media
Lincoln-Way East student Anmarie D’Ortenzio (left) greets her grandmother Anne Perillo on April 28 at the Founders Community Center in Frankfort, where D’Ortenzio’s play “Sweet Pride” debuted. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media
Brianna Ebenroth (right), cast as Meemaw, performs a scene in “Sweet Pride” with fellow Lincoln-Way East student Ellie Houlihan, who plays the role of Margaret in the production.
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
2:23 am CDT May 8, 2019

For Lincoln-Way East student Anmarie D’Ortenzio, music and theater have been lifelong passions. 

The high school junior, who has been singing since she was 4 years old, is the daughter of a voice teacher and the granddaughter of an opera singer. She also spent 10 years with with Curtain Call Theatre in Mokena — experience that helped prepare her for her newest role as director.