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Henry Hodges has spent the last twelve years either on stage or in front of the camera. From playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast to Jeremy Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Henry literally has lived on Broadway for most of his young life. In How to Act Like a Kid, Henry will use his considerable experience - and wisdom beyond his years - to give young readers advice on how to break into acting. Most of all, he will relate how to live a normal life while devoting your time to performing on stage and screen.

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Title: How to Act Like a Kid( Backstage Secrets of a Young Performer) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: HenryHodges <>Publisher: DisneyEditions

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Gr 6 Up Hodges began his acting career as an alternative to his negative academic start. He was so tiny that the doctors recommended growth hormones, he repeated kindergarten, he failed music because he couldn't read the lyrics under the bouncing ball, and he was diagnosed with dyslexia. With a supportive mom in his corner, he was whisked away from his multiple failures and propelled in a new direction. Enrolled in the best-known music school in Washington, DC, the boy began private singing classes, dance lessons, acrobatics, and more. Through homeschooling or a private tutor, he went on to slay his learning obstacles, become a young commercial actor, and soon evolved into a child star on Broadway. Hodges's story is largely told through a series of narratives displaying his youthful optimism, perseverance, and determination. The interesting side stories from his previous dance teachers, directors, acrobatics coach, vocal audition coach, to name some, balance out his narrative and underscore the demanding lifestyle and personal investment required to be a performer. They also shed another light on the boy, who, while successful, also seems effusively happy, good natured, and inspirational. Honestly, his good fortune feels almost too good to be true. His mother's investment is obvious but there's little mention of the personal and financial risks the family took. The book has an abundance of engaging photos of Hodges onstage and off and is chock-full of information, practical advice, and encouragement for aspiring performers. Alison Follos, formerly at North Country School, Lake Placid, NY SLJ"

Hodges is a young actor with an old soul. As a Broadway child star, Hodges learned many tricks of the trade, which he openly shares with his readers. His struggles with dyslexia and a small stature led his parents to seek creative outlets outside of the classroom. This moving account follows Hodges' career, from auditioning for commercials to lead roles, such as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. Heavily illustrated with photos, Hodges' story also features numerous inset boxes featuring interviews with a talent agent, director, voice coach, producer, casting agent, and other related professionals, all of which offer additional "how-to" inside scoops for those readers interested in pursuing the glittering lights all the way to the marquee. Throughout the engaging tales of his successes, struggles, and his generous activities focused on giving back to the community, Hodges demonstrates that he is a dedicated young person for whom clearly there is no business like show business. - Gail Bush Booklist Online"

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