This week we are doing something a little special for Backstage on Broadway. You may remember last year we brought our kid reporter in for a Kids Night on Broadway version of our segment, well now Miranda Jackel is back! This time she sits down with the small stars of one of the Great White Way’s most powerful shows.
“That’s really good!"
These kids are wasting no time digging in...
“I actually get the coldness through this straw and the hotness through this straw,” Zell Steele Morrow said.
“How did you first fall in love with theater?" Miranda Jackel asked the children. "My sister actually started it all, she was in theater and then I saw how much fun she was having then I was like hey I want to do this,” Zell smiled.
Each comes from a different background but they all share the same stage eight night a week.
“How do you balance everything that you have to do?" Miranda asked. "Well, you know I go to the same school as you," Oscar laughed. "So I balance it by trying to do most of my homework and school work at the school but if that doesn’t work I do it at home.” Gabriella added, “I’m home-schooled at the moment so it’s pretty flexible with everything, but I definitely find time between shows on days like this.”
They also believe this production provides lessons you can't learn in a classroom.
“Be who you want to be and love who you want to love because nobody can tell you what your feelings are,” Zell smiled.
Which is why they're excited about the chance for children to see Fun Home and many other shows for free, through 'Kids Night on Broadway.'
“Kids Night on Broadway is the night that a parent can come with a ticket but their child can come for free with them,” Kelli O'Hara explained.
Tony Award winner and current star of the The King & I, Kelli O'Hara, is one of this year's ambassadors.
“40 percent of the kids who participate in Kids Night on Broadway are seeing a Broadway show for the first time, how important do you think it is for these kids to be exposed to the magic of Broadway?" Miranda asked her. "Well coming to a Broadway show starts a dream, it starts a conversation," O'Hara said. “I just feel like what theater brings to kids, what it brought to me as a kid is so important so it’s a no-brainer that I would want to promote this.”
For these kids, being on Broadway's been quite the adventure.
“One time I forgot my line," Zell laughed. “I started singing the end of the song instead of the beginning!”
“I’m having the time of my life and when I’m doing something that’s fun for me, it doesn’t feel like work at all,” Gabriella smiled.
“All the adult actors are so inspiring," Oscar said. "It’s so fun to watch them work on the stage and off stage too.”
But what really happens backstage...?
“We play games, a lot of games!” the kids said.
And we surprised them with one of their favorites....Bean Boozled, where you risk eating nasty flavors of jelly beans!
"Noooo!!!!" they all screamed, but of course, decided to play.
But we made sure to bring them one last treat to wash it all down, Serendipity's Outrageous Banana Split!
"Yum!" they all said while taking a bite. "So, what do you think of Serendipity," I asked. "We love it, thank you guys, this was so much fun!” they replied with a mouthful of ice cream.
Kids Night on Broadway is Tuesday, February 9....there are still available seats so be sure to get your tickets on here!
Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi