Linda Ward
American Kids Inc.
158 Point Royal Drive (Suite K)
Branson, MO   65616

April 19 is the public’s first opportunity to see American Kids Inc.’s 2009 premiere of Raising America, the non-profit’s patriotic musical, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Branson Mall Theatre (next to Wal-Mart) located on the world famous Highway 76. Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 417-334-5412.

“The show has more than 25 appearances booked in Branson for 2009, but they are private bookings. We are inviting the public to be the first to see this year’s show at this Sunday matinee,” said American Kids Inc. Founder Dr. Dale Smith.

Smith, a retired Air Force Major and a seasoned entertainer, created Raising America as an avenue for young people to develop a personal sense of patriotism and, through this exciting, fast-paced, original music show, share their talents with all types of audiences from veterans groups to mall shoppers.

“This show debuted in 2000 at Silver Dollar City, toured on the road from Florida to Kentucky at venues such as the Golden Corral® national convention and Ruritan Convention, was presented for two seasons at the Majestic Theatre in Branson and has been presented for hundreds of veterans groups visiting Branson.

“We teach patriotism and all that it entails honor, respect, loyalty, commitment, courage, self-discipline, faith,” Smith said. “After seeing a past stage show, a veteran of three tours of conflict came up to the cast and said, ‘You kids were worth all I’ve been through, I served for you.’ The stunned and grateful cast gathered in prayer backstage with an even deeper commitment to show their appreciation to those who have been in military service.”

Selected through auditions, the 2009 cast members are Daniel, Nathaniel, Jonathan and Sarah Fair of Rogers, Ark.; Kimberly Conrad, Kashina McGrath, Laura Miles and Jessica Nordberg of Branson; Montana Richardson of Galena; and MeLeah Ridenour of Nixa.

Smith and his wife, Kathy, are producing the show and managing the cast of singers and dancers. Brandi Ely, an alumna of American Kids Inc., is assisting them.

For more information about American Kids Inc. call 417-337-8964.

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