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Connolly was born in Asunción, Paraguay but raised in the suburbs
of Chicago. Adopted by two wonderful parents, he is the oldest amongst his
siblings. This might clear any confusion on the latino look and the Irish
He got the acting bug a little later than most, being shy until freshman year of high school. He found his passion for performing during a project for his 8th grade Social Studies class where he sang and played guitar for an original song he wrote about World War I trench warfare. His classmates and teacher were shocked because he rarely spoke in class. Due to the A+ he received for this project, but more importantly, the enthusiastic reaction, he decided to audition for the school musical, "The King and I". He played LunTha and received very good reviews on his performance. This experience confirmed that he was on the right path.
He continued his pursuit of acting in high school where he performed in many plays and musicals, even portraying one of his favorite roles to date of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables". He participated in multiple choirs and outside shows during this time. He was fortunate enough to also take dance classes at the famous Gus Giordano Dance Studios and North Shore School of Dance.
Originally accepted as a Vocal Performance major at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, he transferred majors to become a Music Theatre student at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He had a successful college career playing many diverse roles and also performed in Surflight Theatre's "South Pacific" and "Les Miserables". He graduated with a BM degree in Music Theater voice primary cum laude. Since graduation, he assistant directed and music directed, choreographed and starred in a Frankie Valli Tribute show in Pigeon Forge, TN. Most recently he performed in Light Opera Works of Chicago’s production of My Fair Lady in the Cockney Quartet.