After college, some people go on to be scientists, while others may go on to be accountants. Lafayette native, Andrea Hochkeppel, 22, has a different idea in mind. She is looking to go back to high school by becoming the next “Gleek” on Fox’s hit musical show “Glee”.

Andrea Hochkeppel, Lafayette NativeGlee producers are searching the country for three new members to join the McKinley High Glee Club, and to get her audition video sent directly to the producers, Hochkeppel will need to win Fox Chicago’s “Glee Casting Call Contest”. 

The contest opened March 15, inviting all hopefuls to audition and Hochkeppel created her video and posted it to the contest website. With her energetic spirit, quirky personality, acting ability and amazing voice, it’s no wonder Hochkeppel made it into the contest’s Top 20.

Now all Hochkeppel says she needs are the votes of fans to get her to the top. One vote she can definitely count on is that of her close friend, Lisa Todd.

Todd says,“there's never been a time that I've listened to Andrea sing and not gotten goosebumps. We need to get this girl on TV so I can hear her sing every week!”

 Voters can visit to register and vote for Hochkeppel, who is contestant number 10 out of 20. Users can vote daily until April 16. 

Fox Chicago opened the voting from April 1 through April 16, allowing the public to choose which lucky contestant’s video will be seen by the “Glee” producers. When asked about the chance of winning, Hochkeppel says, “It's kind of like skipping the waiting-in-line part of American Idol and going straight to see Randy, Paula, and Simon.  If I won this competition, I'd get to make a new video that's guaranteed to be seen by the producers of Glee.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!” 

How will she fit in with the cast? 

“I love telling a story through song.  I love finding a reason to express emotions and thoughts through mediums other than just speaking, and figuring out what techniques makes it truthful and believable. The main reason I relate to the characters in ‘Glee’ is because, for me,  sometimes my heart is so full, I just have to sing!  You have to break the silence of the universe and express yourself in song!  It happens to me all the time.”

While pursuing a “GLEE” audition, Hochkeppel continues her degree in Theatre with a minor in Dance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. As an Northwestern student, she has choreographed for and danced with TONIK Tap, served as a music director and sung with X-Factors A Cappella, composed for Waa-Mu (Northwestern's annual student-written musical), and performed in many shows on campus, including the roles of Olive in The 25th Annual Spelling Bee and Gertrude in Seussical. She has also performed in Saved, Bernstein's Mass, and Parade.

"We have watched Andrea grow tremendously in her acting and her voice has developed beautifully," says Jacqueline Lyle, executive director of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA). "We certainly hope that this break comes her way."

Hochkeppel is a graduate of Lafayette High School, where she led the Lafayette High School Band as head drum major. She is an accomplished composer and music arranger who is also an award-winning pianist and bassoonist. Now, she is hoping take a new instrument, her voice, to McKinley High. 

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