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Richland girl to hit the Benedum Center stage in 'Gypsy'

| Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:49 p.m.
Trisha Holmes, 10, of Richland, will perform in the ensemble cast of 'Gypsy' from July 10 through 19 at the Benedum Center.

Making her big-city stage debut this week is Trisha Holmes, 10, of Richland.

Look for Trisha among the young singers and dancers in “Gypsy.

The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production runs July 10 through 19 at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

“I do want to be in a Broadway show at some point,” said Trisha, who plans to first become a veterinarian.

“I really want to be a vet because I enjoy working with animals,” she said.

Trisha's current pets include a goldfish named Squishy, two dogs named Hope and Clemson, and “a lot of cats.”

When school reopens in late August, Trisha will be a sixth-grader in the Gifted and Talented Education program at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, where her favorite subject is math.

“It's my favorite subject because I really like logic and problem solving,” she said.

Trisha also attends the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater and rehearses weekly with the North Star Kids, a youth song-and-dance troupe. She takes piano and singing lessons at In Tune with the Arts Studios in Richland and plays the recorder and baritone horn.

“She would perform every ding-dong day if you let her,” said Trisha's mom, Mary Holmes, 54, a controller for Westinghouse in Cranberry.

“She has always been an outgoing, performer-type kid,” Mary Holmes said. “She is not afraid at all to get up in front of people and perform on stage.”

Mary Holmes said her only child began talking at six months and caught the musical-theater bug when they both attended a production of “Cats” at North Hills High School in Ross. Trisha was 3 or 4 years old.

“She dressed up as a cat to go to the show, and she met all the ‘cats' after the show and got her picture taken with all the ‘cats,'” Mary Holmes said.

Trisha then learned all the songs in “Cats” and began to stage her own production of “Cats” at home.

Trisha still lists “Cats” among her favorite musicals, along with “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Her favorite performers include singer-actress Sabrina Carpenter of the Disney Channel TV series “Girl Meets World.”

Trisha's lists “The Familiars” novels about magical animals among her favorite books.

To audition for “Gypsy,” Trisha prepared a song from the musical “Peter Pan,” plus, a brief monologue, and dressed to dance.

“I'm pretty used to auditioning, but I was a little bit nervous,” she said about trying out for “Gypsy.”

Trisha's resume also includes doing the vocals on GlaxoSmithKline's Aquafresh Brush Time USA app — available through iTunes — to teach children how to brush their teeth.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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