They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway.

“They are bright,” quipped Blue Springs High School graduate Sam Aubuchon, who performed on Broadway last summer after winning the Blue Star lead actor award from Starlight Theatre. “They really are. And I can’t wait to get back.’

From the dingy sidewalks of skid row to the bright lights of Broadway, the summer of 2018 was something Aubuchon will never forget.

Aubuchon, a two-time Blue Star Award winner, represented Starlight Theatre at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, a.k.a. the Jimmy Awards, in a weeklong theater experience that culminated with a solo performance of “Grow for Me,” from his favorite musical, “The Little Shop of Horrors.”

“There I was, performing on the stage of the Minskoff Theatre,” Aubuchon said. “It was amazing. I mean, I can’t even put it into words.”

“And I get to go back this summer and do it again. That is even more amazing, because as a junior, I really wanted to win that Blue Star Award. This year, I was just thrilled that ‘Side Show’ was nominated for a school-record 14 Blue Star honors and I didn’t even think about winning.”

But he did, wrapping up an acting and singing career in high school that he hopes serves as a springboard to a career on Broadway.

“Last year was such a whirlwind experience,” Aubuchon said. “It was basically 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day – working with actors, singers, choreographers – you name it, the best of the best of Broadway.”

“I just couldn’t believe it was happening to me. But last year, I was a junior and had another year of school. This year, I am a senior and I’m hoping beyond hope that I can catch someone’s eye and have this lead to a career. Now, that would really be a dream come true.”

While Aubuchon was offered scholarships from schools across the country, he has decided to stay in the metro area and fine tune his craft – both singing and acting.

He is also putting the finishing touches on his performance in the finals of KC Superstar, an “American Idol” type contest in August.

He was headed to Broadway this week, “and I can’t wait, I just can’t wait to see what might happen,” Aubuchon said.

“I’m in the big-boy world now. In the past, I always knew I’d be returning to school, and now, I’ve graduated. I want to thank everyone at our high school who made it an incredible experience.”

“Now, I want to be a working actor. My dream is performing on Broadway, and my goal is just to be able to pay my bills. I just want to get my foot in the door, and make my way inside.”