Grammy winner Harry Connick Jr. sends gift to Kelowna performing arts students

Grammy Award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. sent a personalized note and a balloon bouquet to a group of local actors last week.
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KELOWNA – A group of young actors received a special gift from actor, writer, producer and Grammy Award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. last week.

The actors, who range in age from eight to 11, got a huge balloon bouquet and a note from Connick after they took their bows onstage during their final performance of The Happy Elf Friday, Dec. 4.

This is the first time in 14 years of producing licenced shows the writer has contacted the school, Studio 9 CEO Mike Guzzi says.

“We got a call last Monday from his office saying he wanted to send something to the cast of the show,” Guzzi says. “So they delivered on Friday an 11 foot high balloon bouquet with a note to the cast wishing them luck.”

“The kids were blown away. They thought for a while it was a joke.”

Guzzi says the note meant a lot to them, not only because of Connick’s worldwide celebrity.

“I think for the kids… it amps them up because somebody would recognize they are working as hard as they’re working,” he says. “He recognizes people who have a passion for what they do and these kids have a passion for the stage.”

The Happy Elf sold out both their Saturday matinee and evening performances.

For information on their upcoming productions, visit the Studio 9 website.

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