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Livingston Sophomore Selected to Kickoff Macy's Parade

Jared Goldsmith,15, to perform in opening number.

For the second time, Jared Goldsmith will spend Thanksgiving morning singing and dancing in Macy's Annual Parade.

Goldsmith, 15, will perform along with fellow Stagedoor Manor students in the Parade's opening number. An original song has been created for the event, in celebration of the Parade's 85th Anniversary. 

Following their performance, the Stagedoor students will then make their way to the top of the Parade route and march its entire length, eventually escorting Santa Claus into Herald Square for the NBC national telecast.

Goldsmith, who also performed in the 2009 Parade, was one of approximately 100 Stagedoor students selected from more than 400 applicants. The talented teen is a triple threat with skills as a dancer, singer and actor. He has spent seven summers participating in Stagedoor, a 26-year-old theatrical camp located in the Catskills which counts Natalie Portman, Zach Braff and Robert Downey Jr. as some of its many famous alumni.

"I am happy and elated to be chosen," Goldsmith said. He is especially happy to be reunited with fellow Stagedoor performers, many of whom he counts as good friends.

Several families of Stagedoor performers will be gathering together at the Pennsylvania Hotel to watch the show on the big screen, Goldsmith reports.

Goldsmith, a sophomore at, is a veteran actor, with "plenty of commercials" under his belt and performances on the Nickelodeon TV network.  He has filmed for several movies and has recorded for audio books.

He has also starred in high school productions and is a member of the high school forensics team, receiving a medal of achievement along with teammate Jesse Kirsch for their rendition of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament in Washington, DC, last Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to his acting and dancing skills, Goldsmith also plays the saxophone and has studied piano for many years.  A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he "would be happy" to continue his career as an actor and performer.

After the Parade, Goldsmith will spend the remainder of his Thanksgiving like many other Americans, enjoying dinner with his family at the home of relatives.

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