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Tahoe-Truckee ‘orphans’ perform to standing ovation in Long Beach

The performers, from left: Lucy Tieslau, Amalia Van Peborgh, Valeria Martin, Keadle Verkler, Kennedy Lee, Pamela Juarez, Sage Klein and Kalea Root.
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Recently, a group of local kids was selected through a regional talent search to perform at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Pacific Leadership Conference in Long Beach.

Keadle Verkler, Lucy Tieslau, Sage Klein, Amalia Van Peborgh, Kennedy Lee, Kalea Root, Valeria Martin and Pamela Juarez were chosen to perform two numbers as Annie and the orphans from the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s spring show, “Annie Jr.”

The group performed at the conference’s finalé dinner, held at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The girls performed for Boys & Girls Club professional staff and BGCA members from across the Pacific region.

The North Tahoe group opened the show and received a standing ovation for their renditions of “Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

“When everyone stood up clapping for us it was sort of like I was a real, big Broadway actor. I liked the feeling,” says performer Lucy Tieslau, age 10.

Keadle Verkler, age 9, who plays Annie, said: “When everyone showed they liked our act, I felt proud of myself. I was excited because I was on a journey I had never been on before.”

To celebrate their hard work and success, the girls made a special trip to see “The Lion King,” a Broadway national tour production.

Taking the girls to see such an extraordinary production was inspiring for me as their director,” said Sara Turner, BGCNLT’s theater director. “This was their first experience seeing a professional Broadway show and their reaction was magical. I believe it opened their eyes to the many possibilities and where their dreams and talents can take them.”

Since the inception of BGCNLT’s musical theater program in August of 2014, club kids have had the opportunity to work with Turner on their singing, acting, dancing and production skills.

The next show, “Once Upon a Mattress: The Story of the Princess and the Pea,” will show at the local Boys & Girls Club on Dec. 11-12.

To support future musical theater productions, make a donation at http://www.bgcnlt.org.

This article was submitted by the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. For more information, call 530-546-4324.