Brighton Thomas, a recent graduate of John Burroughs High School, won the Jerry Herman Award for Best Actress in Los Angeles. She went on to represent Los Angeles at the 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, "The Jimmys," on Broadway presented annually by the Nederlander Theatre and Hollywood Pantages organizations. She was also selected as the 2016 Youth Ambassador winner for Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook Academy. She has subsequently been invited to perform numerous times with Feinstein, including a one-week engagement with the icon at his renowned 54 Below venue in New York City with his A Holiday to Remember show; the Songbook Academy All-Star Concert at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana; and the televised American Songbook Special hosted by Michael Feinstein at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is schedule to perform with Feinstein at the Pasadena Symphony & Pops this summer.