Preston C. Howell is a 14 year entering 9th grade this coming school year. 2018 has proven to be an exciting year with breakout lead roles as Tommy Ross in Carrie the Musical and Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Area Stage Company Conservatory. In addition to musical theatre training, Miami Squadz was born this year and consists of Preston performing live as a pop artist singer around the South Florida community with an amazing group of backup dancers. They help raise funds for various organizations and continue to be requested by audiences. Preston is an active community theatre supporter and had the privilege of performing as part of the cast for "In the Heights" at the Pembroke Pines Theater of Performing Arts (PPTOPA) during the summer of 2017. Preston is represented locally by Stellar Talent Agency and is actively working towards a film and TV career.
In 2016, Preston was honored to work on a project for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre under the direction of Andrew Kato as JoJo in the 25th Anniversary Special for the Art of Dr. Seuss. Not only does Preston enjoy performing for his home town theatre- PPTOPA- but he has also performed for various local theatres including Boca Black Box, Area Stage Company, and Curtain Call Playhouse. In 2015 Preston was proud to be one of the finalist for WSVN's Kid Idol and most recently a 2017 and 2018 South Florida Kids Got Talent Finalist. He spends his free time making music videos for fans and performing live for community events.
Preston's voice is rather developed for a young boy, as noted by studio recorders when little to no tuning is required. That does not mean that Preston doesn't seek constant lessons, improvement, and constructive criticism in all areas. He has learned it is only through hard work that one can accomplish their goals
Preston's current interest is in having fun with his voice, as witnessed during his work for Nickelodeon as one of the Pirate Kitties. It is an updated version of the prerecorded Live on Stage Show: Dora the Explorer's Pirate Adventure. In addition to Kids Voice-overs, Preston can be heard icovering songs from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and other popular male artists. He can be found melting the hearts of audience members with the song "When I was your Man".
While Preston's heart is in his singing, he realized a new love for acting during his first exposure to musical theatre at age 9 when he was cast in the role of Willie Maurant in the Opera: Street Scene at Florida International University School of Music. These actors were an inspiration to him and proof that music while acting is an art to itself.
Preston credits his training to his great teachers throughout South Florida. He takes vocal, acting, and dance lessons. He participates in classes and student productions to enhance his musical theatre skills. Broadway Kids Studios in Davie nurtured Preston's early years and he now attends the Area Stage Company Conservatory and augments dance at Dancers' Gallery. Ben Bagby, Preston's instructor and mentor is infusing Preston with the energy he needs to be a performer. As his performing and vocal coach, his music studio allows for vocal recordings giving Preston great experience and guidance. He has recently begun to train in classical Piano with Diana Heller and is excited to compete at the regional and state levels. He studies acting with John Rodaz at Area Stage Company and attends workshops with Marc Durso Act True.
It is Preston's hope that his music will provide a new means for him to give back to his community. "I would like to give back to my schools for teaching me all that I know" he says. He also wants to give back to other charitable organizations close to his heart such as the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation. Preston can be found supporting Multiple Sclerosis events, Autism for Music events, entertaining at Nursing Homes, and many other community events for special occasions.
In addition to all the above, Preston is very involved in his school choir and thespian programs, participating at the regional and state levels. He has received awards at both levels and also in dance competition where he scored 5 stars and took home the Overall Musical Theatre award for his age group. Preston is active in his youth group at his church Christ Covenant in Southwest Ranches where he has also performed as a soloist.
Preston's career started at just 4 years old, with a few Frank Sinatra songs that he learned with his dad, Paul. His mother, Pam, could not believe the voice that came out of him, "I knew that pitch and tone was unique, his sweet voice was one of gift." In addition to his parents, his brother Cleyton supports him to the fullest. "Cleyton will be my manager one day" says Preston.
You can follow Preston's journey by liking his Facebook Page and following him on Instagram @prestonchowell
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