Family-friendly Grapevine Opry features kids in new show

06/10/2014 8:25 AM

06/10/2014 8:26 AM

Youngsters have always been welcome in the Grapevine Opry audience — watching entertainers showcasing their talents.

But now, they are fulfilling dreams of their own on that same stage.

On Saturday, The Grapevine Opry Show debuted its “Dream Big Kids Summer Blast.”

The show stars entertainers ages 6-18 performing songs about Texas, 50s pop, Disney classics and a party vacation segment that includes songs popular on the radio.

For most Saturdays through Aug. 9, the young entertainers will perform 3 p.m. matinee shows. The one-hour event costs $15.

The show is the brainchild of Lani Stacy, who on Jan. 1 became the new producer of the Grapevine Opry. The long-running Grapevine Opry showcases her Dream Big Productions artists, who are often joined by additional Texas talent — singers, dancers, comedians and musicians.

“Our staple has been live country music for more than 25 years,” Stacy said. “And we will continue to journey through the years of country music, plus rock ’n’ roll classics, 1950s music, Motown and more.”

But she wanted to put a stamp of her own on the Grapevine Opry. She reached back to when she first appeared on the Opry’s stage in 1987 at age 9, wearing little red boots.

So she decided to add a show featuring youth with dreams like her own.

After several auditions, she culled a cast that includes two groups of seven that will alternate performances every other show.

The youngest is her 6-year-old daughter, Brooklyn.

“I like to sing in front of a lot of people,” said Brooklyn, who has appeared on the stage in other shows since February. “I want to be a singer like my mom when I grow up.”

The lineup also includes Avery Winter, who gained recognition on the TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

Stacy said she is happy to provide a platform for emerging talent, the same as Rocky Gribble — the recently retired legendary leader of the of the Grapevine Opry — did for her when she was a youngster.

“A lot of kids don’t get the opportunity I had,” she said. “Now they do.”

The show features novice and seasoned entertainers.

“We’ve got some great kids,” Stacy said.

For more information, visit TheGrapevineOpryShow.com. The Dream Big Kids shows are slated for June 21 and 28, July 5, 12 and 19 and Aug. 2 and 9.

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