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Alumna on Glee Project

Hannah McIalwain gave memorable performances in Queens' theater productions including "Our Town."

Now you can watch her on "The Glee Project" on the Oxygen Network Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.  She's one of 12 people competing for a seven-episode guest starring role on the mega popular show "Glee."

McIalwain was in her sophomore year at Queens when she heard about a new show in development called "The Glee Project."  She figured it was a shot in the dark, but went to Dallas to audition. Next thing she knew she had beaten out more than 40,000 people for a spot on the small cast.

She credits Professor Jane Hadley and Dr. Kara Wooten with inspiring her to dream big. It was tough to leave Queens to be on the show and then have to keep her reason for leaving a secret for several months while the show taped, she says.

Back at Queens, Hadley and Wooten also had to keep her secret. Now that the show has debuted they're estatic.

"What a wonderful thing to see this super talented young woman just go for it," Hadley says.  "We certainly will miss her here, but wish her all the success in the world."

McIalwain wrote in an email just before the show debuted, "Everything is happening really fast... I've moved to L.A.!,"  She has now already earned a cadre of fans from across the country who have posted their support on the show's website, on Twitter and on Facebook. No one will know whether she came out on top until the show ends later this summer.  Each week she faces a new challenge, new choreography and lyrics to learn, and criticism from experts including members of the "Glee" cast.

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