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Kidsday: Just ravin' about Symoné

It was my 10th birthday, and to celebrate, my family was going to see the Broadway musical "Sister Act," featuring one of my favorite performers, Raven-Symoné.

I had a feeling all day that something great was going to happen, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. We had tickets for the 2 p.m. show. The performance was amazing! Raven-Symoné, who played Deloris Van Cartier, was funny, and she is a really good singer. Chester Gregory, who played Sweaty Eddie, a police officer who was in love with Deloris, was one of my favorite characters.

When the show ended, I was standing in line to get a picture and autograph from Raven-Symoné. But her bodyguard told us she would not come out until after the 8 p.m. show because she likes to rest between performances.

My parents brought me and my sister, Alexandra, back and my dad was talking to a woman from Baltimore, Eleanor Wyche, who said her daughter, Tahira, knew someone in the play. The nice woman knew it was my birthday and asked her daughter to get me and my sister backstage.

She did!

I really loved going backstage and getting to see all the props and how they moved around the props to change each set.

Then the big moment came. I was so excited. When I saw Raven-Symoné, she said, "Whose birthday is it?" I raised my hand and waved, saying, "It's me!" She asked me my age, and I told her 10.

Then, Raven shouted, "Get outta here!" I was so happy, I just stood there smiling.

My sister and I got autographs and a picture with Raven-Symoné! She wished me a happy birthday, and I walked away with a huge smile on my face.


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