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February 28, 2013

Making music with Elmo and the gang


Niagara Gazette — That opportunity has taken her to nearly all 50 states and eight foreign countries. One of her highlights, though, was being able to perform on the Shea’s stage two years ago when she filed in for an injured performer.

Pajak said she’s looking forward to another hometown show, not only for the thrill of performing in front of familiar fans but also for the fun that’s always etched on the youngest viewers’ faces.

“I can’t wait. Until you do it for the children and see their faces, you haven’t seen anything,” said Pajak, who sometimes sits in the audience when an understudy performs just to gague audience reaction. “The kids appreciate the simple things. If you screw up, they don’t care. They just love that you’re out there trying.”

Pajak figures she has another few years of trying her hand at dancing. That’s not to say she will settle down, though, as she thinks a backstage career might kick off once she hangs up her shoes.

“This job gets you. Once you’re in, you’re in,” she said. “Every show is completely different than the last. We actually care. We’re not going to put on a bad show ... The person who is Elmo wants to entertain your kids.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Performances of "Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music" • WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 7-8; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. March 9; 1 and 4:30 p.m. March 10 • WHERE: Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo • MORE INFO: Call 847-0850 or visit

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