From forth grade to Broadway
Adia Dant in the Role of a Lifetime
By the age of four, they considered her a stand-out. Her vocal talent, Adia credits to her father, Chris. "I just wanted to do what my Daddy did, so I just opened my mouth and started singing," she recalls.
Although she'd performed at local dance competitions, and even in the St. Jude talent show, getting from here to Broadway in a year seems the stuff dreams are made. It took hard work and a lot of sacrifice, especially for Adia's parents. One of them, usually her mother, travels with her to each city she performs. Kim says her employer allows her to work remotely. And because Adia has an older brother at home, Kim admits splitting up the family has its challenges. "However," she explains, "if they want to pursue something you are behind them one hundred percent."
As for Adia, the most difficult part of life on the road is "getting all your suitcases on the bus." She says she loves and misses her friends at St Jude, but she knows when she comes home, "they are going to come and watch me." Adia will play the title role of "Annie" when the performance makes its way to the Old National Centre in Indianapolis in February. After this show's run, Adia hopes to be cast with the tour of "Matilda."
"I'm never going to quit, ever," promises the young actor. "It's all about believing in yourself." Although her life is far from "traditional" for a girl her age, her mother is quick to point out Adia is a "regular kid."
She has play dates, visits the zoo, pursues hobbies. It's just this 4th grader also has a passion for the theater.
And, it turns out, the talent and support to take her as far as her dreams allow.
From St. Jude Mission Letter by Kris Kirschner first published November 2014