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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — The Tiny Tot Revue (TTR) setting and characters may have changed from the original tradition prior to 2000, but the excitement of the children and anticipation of the audience remained.
“The Ritz Board of Directors delighted in bringing back the sweet TTR tradition,” said event coordinator Tracey Ouellette, Ritz board member. “It was a huge success as a fundraiser for our historic theatre. We appreciate everyone that participated and attended the TTR 2021, and we hope to continue this tradition in 2022.”
Little children graced the stage amongst the Easter wonderland at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28.
“Stunning and handsome in their Easter finery, the children walked across the stage, waved and talked to the audience comprised of proud parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and friends,” Ouellette said.
Sharon and Kacy’s School of Dance students performed for entertainment bringing in even more fanfare.
Mistress of ceremonies Amy Inman, Ritz board member, welcomed the crowd and introduced the judges before announcing the nine infant to one-year-old division contestants.
Martinez Gerald Garcia, Augustus Cole Ramirez, Baylee Rodriguez, Kellyn Rose Conner, Stassi Ann Jeffrey, Teagan Rae Manuel, Zella Rose McDaniel, Chara McNeil and Prince John Roland each entered the Ritz stage.
Tap dance students Makenzie Smith, Kaizley Byers, Jenna Faulks, Aliviah McGrady and Katie Tarver performed “It’s Groovy and Ballet” and “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.”
Two-year-old division contestants included Avery Lynn Bell, Cooper Dean Cox, Yahir Alonso Estrada, Andrew Sky-Dan Hughs, Kollins LoRhae Jones, Gia Gayle O’Rear and Whitley Souder. Kaden Jackson Schniederjan unfortunately withdrew due to illness.
An intermission took place before Inman introduced three-year-old entries, Sheree Dee Ballinger, Adeline Reese Faulks, Charleigh Danae Henard, Lincoln Mayer, Camden Nash McDaniel and Colin McNeil.
Juliet Cruz, Jeweliana Sanchez and Raylie Sims tapped to “Rockin Step and Ballet” and “When You’re A Princess.”
Youth competing in the four to five-year-old division included Addison Faye Anglin, Harper Ann Cox, Jenna Kate Faulks, Cora Belle Henard, Alexis Anne Marie Massey, Aliviah McGrady, Brinley Mock, Eliyah Navarro, Royalti Navarro, Qaasen Alexander Pereira and Vivyan Valles.
A tap dance performance of “Bop with You Baby and Ballet” and “Lost Boy” by Ava Peters, Ava Kate Inman, Tylee Wiebe and Libby Chandler followed an intermission.
The moment all had been waiting for, Amy Inman revealed the infant to one-year-old and two-year-old awards before Whitley Souder and Kollins Jones tapped to “Boogie Baby.”
The announcement of the three-year-old and four and five-year-old winners concluded the event.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help sponsor future Ritz activities.
“Special thanks to board members Eddie Langford, Toni Cummings, Katherine Reeves, Odilia Cantu, Trish Ward, Janise Langford, Margret Wood, Luke Inman and Amy Inman for helping make this event a success,” Ouellette said. “We appreciate volunteer Maria Avalos who assisted the decorating committee, Molly Sims for taking the photos, 1st Wellington Agency for helping sponsor this event, and Lonnie and Linda Duke and the entire Ritz Theatre staff.”
A 1954 Study Club tradition from years past, former Mayor Bill Hatch emceed the previous Tiny Tot Revue that spanned from the 1950s to the 1990s at the WHS auditorium.