Suffolk girl gets Rockettes gig

Published 5:29 pm Saturday, September 1, 2012

When a North Suffolk 10-year-old learned she had aced an audition and would be performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the tears flowed in an eatery off Interstate 95.

Elainey Bass, a Northern Shores Elementary student, was sitting in a booth with mom Cassie Bass. It was about two weeks ago, and they were on their way home from an audition.


Elainey said her agent phoned her mom, and asked, “‘Does she really want this role? Pack your bags, she got the role!’”

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The only child and single mom will relocate to New York City in September for Elainey to perform with The Rockettes from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31.

“We were just sitting in Applebee’s crying,” Elainey said. “That’s how it all got started.”

Elainey, a member of Norfolk’s Hurrah Players Theatre Company, has been performing since the age of 5, notching up considerable stage experience.

In 2011, she acted alongside Broadway stars, including Julia Murney from “Wicked” and Anthony Rapp from “Rent,” in “Free to Dream: New Songs for the American Journey,” at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg.

Elainey said her agent had suggested she try out for The Rockettes. She chose to sing “Jingle Bell Rock” and had to learn a second assigned song, and she also had to learn and deliver various lines.

She was recalled for a second audition, and Elainey said she was “really, really nervous.”

“At first I was feeling really, really excited,” she said. “Now I’m just kind of used to it.”

In the end, she was one of three girls selected for roles from 30 who auditioned.

Elainey is almost beside herself with excitement about performing at Radio City, especially since her favorite band, Gotye, will perform there at the same time.

Cassie Bass works as a surgery coordinator for six neurosurgeons. She said it has taken “a lot” to support her daughter in achieving her dreams.

“It was an honor, and I just thank God,” she said. “She’s an only child, and I just work and make her dreams come true.”

Mother and daughter are both excited to be moving to New York, and Cassie said they would take full advantage of the opportunity it presents, with more auditions planned.

“I’d like to thank everyone — the Hurrah Players, family, friends. Her principal has been amazing,” she said. “Through it all she (Elainey) maintained a straight-A average.”

Elainey said she wants to eventually perform on Broadway and on the screen, and that moving to New York City will help her achieve these dreams.

“Unless I get a huge break, I will probably come back,” she said.