Lubbock children audition for Oz: The Musical - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/26/09

Lubbock children audition for Oz: The Musical

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It is not every day that any musical comes to the South Plains, but someone who is very familiar with this area has brought his production to right here in Lubbock and they are looking for kids to be a part of it. 

Growing up around the Lubbock area, dancing with Ballet Lubbock for many years, and dreaming of one day making it to Broadway, Todrick D. Hall has done just that. Hall is now bringing a musical to Lubbock.  "We're giving back, it's me and ten other Broadway actors coming to work with these kids for a week," Hall said. 

Oz: The Musical just finished shows in Amarillo and Plainview.  Now it's time for the Hub City's kids to get, a once in a life time chance, to perform on stage with Broadway actors for free.

"I heard about what Todrick was doing, and how he was introducing kids who have never been on stage before to musical theater, and I just thought it was a great opportunity, and when we met him we just thought it was a terrific program and just really got a lot of kids involved in Amarillo.   So we are here doing the same thing in Lubbock," Bernie Sanders said.

One of the many kids that signed up Saturday morning, Keziah Grimaldo, has shown interest in performing for a few years.  Her mother heard about the opportunity and thought it would be a great experience for her daughter.  "She loves to perform, she takes ballet, she does tap, and she does talent shows. She just said it was something she wanted to do. So we brought her out and I think she is pretty excited about it," Karen Grimaldo said.

Keziah is just one out of a hundred kids that Todrick is looking for to play a part in his musical.  "For any kid who likes to sing, or walks around singing High School Musical, Hannah Montana and all that stuff this is just a great way to put their foot in the door and see if this is something they would like to pursue," Hall said. 

Sign ups will be held again next Saturday at Ballet Lubbock, and they are looking for the first 100 kids between the ages of six and eighteen.

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