Lubbock girl performs in Annie musical - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/3/09

Lubbock girl performs in Annie musical

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The musical Annie is in town and opening night was Thursday night and it was a once in a lifetime performance for one Lubbock girl.

Destiny is an 11-year-old little girl full of life. "I'm nervous. I've never been on stage in front of a lot of people," said Destiny.

She's getting ready to make her debut on the big stage, "I've wanted to,because I sing in the shower sometimes. They said I was going to get to be in the Annie play and I said cool! I was really happy."

Like Annie, Destiny lives in the Lubbock Children's Home. Stacy Parker, Children's Home of Lubbock Foster Care and Adoption Director, says they are constantly seeking out opportunities like this one for their kids. "I think any story of coming over and enduring your circumstances is wonderful. Annie had a hard life and was able to endure her circumstances. She was able to find her forever family. It's just the story of that promise and a hope for tomorrow and that's what every kid here wants and wishes for," said Parker.

The show must go on and Destiny had to be back stage two hours before curtain call where she met the stage manager to get her role assignment. "You're going to in a number called NYC. We are going to teach you everything you need to know"

She made new friends and practiced her part. "This is unique with this special little girl and to be a part of that and to enable a child's dream is something as performers, parents and humans we all treasure," said Dave Barton, who plays Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.

We left Destiny as she prepared to take the stage and caught up with her right after her number. "We're going to be playing like we're lost and she said I could hold on to her if I get nervous," Destiny said. "Are you nervous?" we asked. "No, not anymore. I got to know them and they're all nice."

While she was only on stage for seconds, it was a memory that will last destiny a lifetime. "You have a massive smile on your face, the biggest one I've seen all day," we said. "It was fun! I got nervous but then I saw all the people and was like hi," Destiny said.

The Children's Home says there are 400 children in the Lubbock and Amarillo area needing permanent homes, just like Destiny.  

Dillard's at South Plains Mall provided the clothes Destiny wore for her Annie debut.

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