Those watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday might want to keep an eye out for Kyra Rieker, 16, of Lewiston, who will be marching with Camp Broadway in the 85th annual parade in Manhattan, which begins at 9 a.m.
Rieker, a junior at Niagara-Wheatfield High School, auditioned for and will be participating with Camp Broadway, in a production number to be performed live in front of Macy’s Herald Square store, during a national television broadcast on NBC-TV.
Rieker has been attending Camp Broadway at Shea's Performing Arts Center for the past four years. The camp is a theater arts education and audience development program based in New York City, which works to make the performing arts accessible to children and teens by connecting them with theater professionals.
This past summer the older campers were offered the opportunity to audition for The Camp Broadway Kids, a 120-member musical theater ensemble which will walk the entire parade route along with the Zhu Zhu Pets float and accompany a “VIP” guest who will be singing an original song entitled “There’s No Place Like Here.”
Camp Broadway has created a special pre-holiday experience for the participants that includes six days of music and dance rehearsals, costume fittings, workshops with Broadway performers, and a camera blocking rehearsal in Herald Square.
Rieker lives in Lewiston with her parents, Mark and Connie Rieker, and her brother, Tom.