Nicole Elise Boulanger, a Syracuse University musical theater major in her senior year, was returning home for Christmas after studying on scholarship in London with Syracuse University's DIPA program. She leaves her parents, Ron and Jeannine of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; and a sister, Renee. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Juliette Boulanger. Nicole lived in Shrewsbury most of her life and had attended Holy Name Central Catholic High School in nearby Worcester where she earned a variety of honors, including the Geometry, Art, Biology, Short Story, and Humanities awards. In school she was active in musicals, the Musical Prep Club, the Folk Liturgy group, and the Pep Club. She also worked in set design for school theater productions and was active in the Theater Guild where she served as its house manager.
At Syracuse, Nicole was a dean's list student scheduled to graduate in May 1989. Aside from her theater work, she displayed talents in drawing, painting, and costume design, along with a flair for writing poetry and prose. In London, she studied voice, dance, and drama. Her last performance was in a project for the Funge Theatre Class in London, which she choreographed and directed, and for which she performed her original dance about the effects of cliques in society. Described by friends as quiet and shy, when she got on stage she was another person—she absolutely loved theater.
One of the most talented students of musical theater, dedicated, self-disciplined, and compassionate in life, and towards her studies and those around her; she was a wonderful dancer, actress, and singer. Nicole was featured in many Syracuse productions.
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