ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They’re already making the rounds on some channels, holiday classics like “A Christmas Carol”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and, of course, “A Christmas Story”. This year, Albuquerque residents will have a chance to see a live performance of the holiday favorite, but two locals are getting what they call the chance of a lifetime. A few Albuquerque kids are getting into the holiday spirit a little early this year. They were cast as part of the children’s ensemble in a touring Broadway musical.
It’s a seasonal classic that likely makes your list of must-watch holiday flicks every year, “A Christmas Story”. This year, the festive favorite is coming to life on Pope Joy’s stage. Many kids will see it, but two Albuquerque natives will be a part of it.
“I was so excited!” said Dakota Bohman.
Aspiring actors Dakota Bohman and Jackson Murrieta couldn’t believe their luck when they learned the Tony nominated musical was holding auditions for child actors. They jumped at the opportunity and it paid off.
“My mom wasn’t with me at the time so my dad and my sisters had taken me so I called her up on the phone and I said, ‘I got it!’ I was so excited, ” explained Bohman.
Jackson admits he had butterflies for the big audition, but says he kept his cool.
“Once I got up on the stage and just kind of took a few deep breaths and I was confident that I could do it and just did it!” said Jackson.
Jackson and Dakota have been acting for years, but both agree this is the kind of opportunity they’ve been hoping for.
“It was a miracle because Broadway was my dream. It’s an honor to be doing this, ” Bohman said.
The two kids say it’s given them the confidence to reach higher.
“It’s amazing to know that I can do this, it’s possible to do this, and that I can make a career out of it and do it for the rest of my life, ” explained Jackson.
Now, the two prepare to bring homegrown Albuquerque talent to a big-time production.
“We have a lot to offer and I don’t think people realize that and I think that I can do it if anyone else can, ” Jackson said.
“I think it says that Albuquerque is awesome. Awesome Albuquerque!” exclaimed Bohman.
The pair finally met the cast Thursday. They say they’re looking forward to learning as much as they can from the pros.
“A Christmas Story” runs now through November 22 at Pope Joy Hall.
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