This holiday season there are some new faces at Desert Star! It's A Wonderful Life, now playing in both Desert Star Theatres, welcomes 20 delightful child actors to the stage. These talented performers are sharing the roles of George Bailey's children, Taylor and Zuzu.
And these Desert Star Kids aren't just window dressing. They get to act, sing, and dance, and are getting big laughs from the audience. To prepare them for their roles, the young actors attended a 6-week acting course taught by actress Kelly Knight, who joined the Desert Star family earlier this year. In the Desert Star Kids program, the kids received coaching on their singing and acting skills. They also learned how to deliver a punch line, a necessary skill for anyone performing on the Desert Star stage. According to Kelly, a side benefit of the program has been the self confidence and new friends they've gained along the way.
So, how is it working out? "The kids are doing a great job," said actor Justin Berry, who plays the part of Uncle Billy. "They've all worked really hard and are having fun. It's great having them in the show."
And the actors on stage aren't the only ones enjoying the kids. Here's what some of audience members have been saying:
"I loved the kids in the show. They were a great addition!" --Candice Frewin, W. Jordan
"Love the kids—they were so cute." –DeAnna Ashworth
"Fun to see young kids involved in the production." --Matilda Grey, Murray
"Enjoyed the kids in the show. Nice change." --M. Thomas Jr., W. Jordan
"Love the kids." --Jennifer Boggess, Tooele
"I liked the addition of the kids at Christmas. They did a good job!" --Lorelei Petersen, W. Jordan
"The cast was entertaining and the kids did a great job!" --Kameron & Heather Lyman, Pleasant Grove
The Desert Star Kids program will continue next year, and will provide many opportunities for young actors to learn new skills and perform. In 2012, we will feature a fun series of youth classes, children's theatre productions for young audiences, and maybe even the opportunity to be featured in another Desert Star show.
Don't miss the Desert Star Kids in It's A Wonderful Life: Winging In The Holidays!
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For more information on the Desert Star Kids acting program,
call Kelly Knight at 801-857-0037