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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 should 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, and more importantly the enthusiastic reaction, he decided to audition for the school musical, "The King and I". He played Lun Tha and received very nice 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, including one of his favorite roles to date, Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables". During this time, he participated in multiple choirs and outside shows. He was also fortunate enough to take dance classes at the famous Gus Giordano Dance Studios and the North Shore School of Dance.
Originally accepted as a Vocal Performance major at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, he later transferred to Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University to become a Music Theatre major. He had an extremely successful college career playing many diverse roles and fortunate enough to perform in Surflight Theatre's "South Pacific" and "Les Miserables". He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theater Voice Primary Cum Laude. Since graduation, he assistant directed, assistant music directed, choreographed and starred in a Frankie Valli Tribute show in Pigeon Forge, TN. He has also traveled to Colorado where he performed as a "Jersey" in Midtown Arts Center's production of Motones V Jerseys (nominated for three Henry Awards). After a summer and fall season in Wisconsin Dells performing as Teen Angel / Vince Fontaine in Grease and Johnnie Champagne / Frankie Avalon Backup Singer in Wedding Italiano, he most recently completed a successful run in Busch Gardens Williamsburg's new a cappella show "The Gift Of Harmony" where he originated the role of Peter.