(Jim Rendon’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/23; via Pam Green.)

ATLANTA — Inside the Cobb Galleria Centre, a vast conference hall here, David Scott, the licensing director for Disney Theatrical Productions, reached across a chest-high cube for a round, golden sticker. He handed it to Brynn Hall, a 13-year-old actor with the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts, a youth theater group in Cumming, Ga.

“Write down your wish and stick it on the cube,” Mr. Scott instructed.

“What is your wish?” he asked as Ms. Hall jotted a few lines on the sticker.

“Do you want to be on Broadway?”

“Yes,” she said.

“That’s a good wish,” he said,

“I know, right,” she replied as she put the sticker up next to hundreds of others.

Ms. Hall was attending the Junior Theater Festival, an annual celebration of musical theater that attracts nearly 6,000 attendees, including 3,200 middle school students. It is organized by iTheatrics, a company that adapts Broadway musicals for the youth market.

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