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Who the Heck is Sam Riegel 

Wassup? Let me tell you a bit about myself. I was born (at a very young age) on the 9th of October in the bicentennial year of 1976 in George Washington University Hospital, Washington DC. It was a pretty good day, from what I remember ...

When I was about 6, I moved across the Potomac to Arlington, VA. (My parents decided missed me, so a few months later they moved there, too.) I began performing publicly in Northern Virginia and did well around the dinner theater circuit. At 11 years, I joined the cast of the 1st National company of "Les Misérables," performing for 4 months at the Kennedy Center. After that, my sister Eden and I joined the show's 3rd National Touring company to perform in 26 cities all over America. We did the show for another year or so, and still managed to learn while doing it -- the show hired a professional tutor for the 4 kids in the cast (surprisingly, she is still on speaking terms with all of us).

I won't bore you with details, but eventually my sister and I ended up in New York City and enrolled in the Professional Children's School, where I completed high school. She was still in Les Miz, and I moved on to other projects like "The Sound of Music" at Lincoln Center, some off-Broadway theater, several commercials and I even appeared on television programs (various soap operas, Saturday Night Live, and David Letterman). I also took a year break between high school and college to develop and sing in a '50s Doo Wop group called "The Procrastinators," which performed in New York cabarets.

I've graduated, having  completed four thrill-packed years at the University of Virginia grappling with studies, dramatics, a cappella singing, paintball, Japanese, and the ladies (not necessarily in that order).  Summers have been a blast, too. Two summers ago I got to work with Quentin Tarantino on his movie Jackie Brown , and summer of 1998 was spent traveling through Eastern Europe. I'm happy to be a 4th year student at Mr. Jefferson's "Academical Village," even though I still have no idea what I'm going to do with my life now that I'm a graduate. Any ideas?