Emily Luther ‘Unplugged’ at Woonsocket High School Friday

Emily Luther ‘Unplugged’ at Woonsocket High School Friday

“Emily Luther: Unplugged” is presented on Friday, March 2, at Woonsocket High School. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door for general seating. They can be purchased at the school, or online at www.eventbrite.com.

Emily Luther laughs when she talks about playing a mouse in “Cinderella” at the age of 9. “That was my big break.”

The 26-year-old Woonsocket native has spent a life in the arts. Her recent run as a contestant in season 13 of “The Voice” gave her some very positive national attention. Now she’s back in Rhode Island, working on the next phase of her career.

On Friday, March 2, she’ll be hosting a special fundraiser at Woonsocket High School, “Emily Luther: Unplugged,” raising money to establish a performing arts scholarship at her alma mater.

“Jen Maiello (a teacher at WHS) played a huge role in my life,” said Luther. “We had talked about doing a show at the high school, and the idea of a performing arts scholarship sounded perfect. It’s my way of giving back to the community that’s been so supportive.”

As a member of the class of 2010, Luther remembers the impact the arts had on her at the school. “Anything to do with the stage, I was there for it. Being from an inner city high school, there are a lot of kids like me who don’t know what the future could hold for them in the arts.”

That’s why she’s excited about helping to establish this performing arts scholarship. “I want one that encompasses music, dance, theater. I’d love for it to be an annual scholarship. That would make me so happy.”

Luther has called in favors from three of her friends from “The Voice.” Jon Mero, Gary Carpentier and Stephan Marcellus will all be joining her in the fundraiser. “Stephan was on Team JayHud. Gary and Jon were on Team Adam with me. Gary was my battle partner, and he became my best friend from the start.”

Luther says they’re all excited to be coming to Rhode Island. “I told them this was an opportunity to be the artist that you are. And they’re all donating their time.” While she wasn’t a finalist on “The Voice,” Luther calls the experience “a 10 out of 10, for sure. It really gave me the opportunity to be comfortable in my own skin, to do what I want to do.”

Luther is settling back into life at home, which is now in Coventry. “My parents sold the house (in Woonsocket) while I was filming ‘The Voice.’ But I’m still in Woonsocket a lot.”

She says that “life is good, it’s just a little crazy.” She’s turning her attention to auditions in New York. “I’m trying to get my foot in the door there. I just went for the third round of auditions for ‘Kinky Boots.’ And I will be auditioning for Theatre By The Sea.”

She considers musical theater “the next stop on the horizon. You eventually go back to your roots.” She also has some original music about to be released.

Luther recalls someone telling her that she was all set, now that she’d appeared on “The Voice .”

“No, I still have to hustle. I still have to work my butt off. Rehearsals, meetings, events, come home, pack for NYC tomorrow. Life is crazy, but I’m enjoying every minute. You have to keep chugging.”

And when she looks back, she’s very grateful for her experience at Woonsocket High. “I learned that you can do whatever you want and be successful.”

“Emily Luther: Unplugged” is presented on Friday, March 2, at Woonsocket High School. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door for general seating. They can be purchased at the school, or online at www.eventbrite.com .