Young actors sing hearts out

March 18, 2009 3:47:05 PM PDT
Bright lights, the big city, and a car named "Chitty," is helping to make dreams come true for six child actors. About a 100 pint size performers came to the Kimmel Center today to prove they have what it takes to be a star.

Open rehearsals were held for kids ages 8 to 12 to be in the April production of the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

"I think I'm more nervous than she is; she has such confidence. She's ready to go; she'll try anything," mother, Annie Barrera of Upper Darby said.

"She performs all the time. She takes acting classes, so this is her opportunity to shine," mother, Alexis Brown of Pennsauken said.

The kids first learned a short dance routine. Then they took the stage in groups of 10 to sing a little.

And then they showed their fancy steps.

Even though the winners won't have individual lines, their singing and dancing will be a big part of Act Two.

"They're going to be orphans in the production, so they're in the second act of the show; they're really an integral part of the show, they kind of take over at the end," audition coordinator Kira Stockdale said.

In a few days the kids will find out if they are one of the six regular or two alternates.

"That would be like really awesome," Adam Dorfman of Marlton said.

Today, some of them were just relieved to have made it through the audition.

"It was really scary because I've never done an open audition before in front of a lot of people," Karlee San Giovanni of Burlington said.

But many of them showed the poise of far older veterans.

"I have a gift of singing and my father told me I have to use it," Mary Graham of West Chester said.

Whoever gets the call, they're all clearly winners.

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