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Youth theater group to put on original production

Putting on a major summer production that requires a large group of kids is a huge commitment.

Annie Cerillo, a director of the Broadway Bound youth theater group at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, decided that “The Wizard of Oz” would be a can’t- miss idea. She didn’t factor in summer vacations and other variables that might keep a huge cast from rehearsing together every day.

So on to Plan B. She and the kids wrote an original show, “A Day in the Life of ... Me.”

The show, which will have a three-day run from July 31 through Aug. 2, is exactly what the title says. With the help of Blake High School senior Andrew Aman, and the input of the campers at the CCC summer camp, they simply put together a story of one day in the life of a young kid.

“It’s all cut and dry,” Cerillo said. “A lot of the kids had other things to do and some of the lead roles for the ‘Wizard of Oz’ had vacations, so we decided that we couldn’t disappoint the kids and we went a different way. The kids wanted to resurrect the show, so we started writing it together.”

The kids in the show are between the ages of 4 and 17. Cerillo said she was excited by all of the input she was getting from the kids, even the younger ones.

“It all metamorphasized,” she said. “Everybody had to pitch in and it all worked out. It’s original so that really makes it special.”

There are still a few hints in the show that it was originally supposed to be “The Wizard of Oz,” and Cerillo said that is no problem. She and the group had been working on the show for a decent amount of time before realizing it might not pan out. She has no regrets and is excited about putting on an original production.

“The kids planted the seeds from the first time we started working together,” Cerillo said. “We just watered the seeds. I always love to see it when children want to write. It’s a special art.”

So what’s next for the kids at Broadway Bound? Cerillo said she wants to start a writer’s workshop for kids.

“A Day in the Life of ... Me” will run at the Carrollwood Cultural Center Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug, 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be a sneak preview on July 31.

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