'Dreamgirls' Opens Friday August 17, Starring Seattle's Rainier Valley Teenagers

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Broadway Bound Children's Theatre and Seattle's Rainier Beach High School will perform six first rate shows of Dreamgirls at the Paul Robeson Perforing Arts Center in Seattle. Students from the greater Seattle area were selected by audition and some actors have overcome many enormous personal hurdles to create this fabulous production. Don't miss this show.

The "Dreamgirls" Production, a unique and inspiring partnership between Rainier Beach High School, the Rainier Valley citizens and Broadway Bound, opens this weekend. "Working with the students in this production has been incredible, their talent and energy is phenomenal!" says Artistic Director Jimmy Nixon.

"I've always been told I was never going to be anything, but "Dreamgirls" has given me the opportunity to show that I am someone special. At first, I wasn't going to try out, but my heart said different. Not only did I get a part, but I've gotten the lead role! I believe that this production is going to change my life, and the lives of many others, too," says Shaniqua Bodary who is playing the leading role of Effie White.

All students received a stipend for the summer acting position as most students are relied upon by their families for summer income. "Dreamgirls" will be performed at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center Thursday August 16 for a free public preview performance and available at the following dates and times:

Show Dates & Times
Friday    August 17 7:00 p.m.
Saturday August 18 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday    August 19 2:00 p.m.
Friday    August 24 7:00 p.m.
Saturday August 25 7:00 p.m.

All performances are at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center:
Rainier Beach High School
8815 Seward Park Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Please help us get the word out and invite anyone they know who would enjoy the show.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the door, or at http://www.ticketwindow.com for $9.99.

Funding for this project has come from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods matching fund award, and the seed money for this project came from a $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Broadway Bound Children's Theatre
Broadway Bound, founded in 1996 by actor Jimmy Nixon, challenges children to develop their mental, physical, emotional, social and creative potentials through the joy and discipline of live musical theatre. It creates a transforming experience for children ages 5-18 through participation in a dynamic theatre arts program. The experience combines a fun and supportive atmosphere with professional standards. Since its inception, Broadway Bound has produced 260 shows, performed by over 1850 student actors and enjoyed by over 90,000 audience members at some of Seattle's most coveted theaters including ACT, The Moore and soon The Paramount. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.broadwaybound.org. Broadway Bound Children's Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3.

Photo opportunities available post performances and non flash photography will be allowed during the show. Please contact for authorization.

Media contacts:
Marka Jenkins, 206-459-5099

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