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Oak Hills Realtor watches granddaughter shine on Broadway
OAK HILLS • With a granddaughter performing on Broadway, Oak Hills resident Lyn Young couldn't be more proud.
Jaidyn Young, 11, made her debut performance in the lead role of Annie on Wednesday in the Broadway show “Annie” and then performed as Annie again on Friday, according to her grandmother Lyn Young. Her next performance as Annie is scheduled for Dec. 8.
In May, Jaidyn Young was cast as the standby for the roles of Annie and three orphans — Pepper, Duffy and July — in the fall production of “Annie” on Broadway.
According to Lyn Young, the interview process was very lengthy and Jaidyn Young was chosen out of 5,000 girls who auditioned. The family had to fly to New York multiple times for callbacks, and Jaidyn Young moved to New York in August with a 10-month contract on Broadway.
“I am beaming with pride,” Lyn Young said. “Jaidyn’s other grandmother, Mary Lehman from Glendora, and I are just beside ourselves. We are over the moon proud of Jaidyn.”
Being the grandmother of a rising star is exciting for Lyn Young, but it also means less time with her granddaughter. Because of the demanding schedule, Lyn Young says she doesn’t get to speak to her granddaughter as often as she would like to, usually only late at night.
While Lyn Young was not able to see Jaidyn’s latest performance as Annie, she has seen Jaidyn on the Broadway stage twice this month during a trip to New York.
On Nov. 7, Jaidyn Young performed as Duffy during the matinee of the show. In the Nov. 8 show, Lyn Young saw her granddaughter in the last scene along with all the other standbys and understudies.
Over Thanksgiving, Lyn Young saw her granddaughter and the rest of the “Annie” cast on TV in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York.
While this is Jaidyn Young’s first time on Broadway, it is not her first time performing the role of Annie. Last summer, Jaidyn Young starred as Annie in the Rancho Cucamonga Community Theatre’s production of “Annie,” and she’s held a variety of other roles in theater and film.
Lyn Young says it has been amazing to watch Jaidyn Young go from community theater to Broadway in just a year and a half. A Realtor for Keller William’s Realty in Hesperia, Lyn Young has lived in the High Desert with her husband for more than 20 years.
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