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Little Ladiez to sing at SCV Dodger Day May 14

Santa Clarita-based teen quartet to deliver National Anthem and "God Bless America"

Posted: May 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14. Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14.
Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14.
Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14. Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14.
Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez -- from left, Lindsay Ryan, Kelsey Lee Smith, Molly J. Ryan and Hayley Smith -- have been chosen to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at SCV Dodger Day festivities on May 14.
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Santa Clarita-based teen vocal quartet Little Ladiez has been selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers to sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" during the 34th annual Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day festivities at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 14.

Featuring Lindsay Ryan, 14; Kelsey Lee Smith, 15; Molly J. Ryan, 15; and Hayley Smith, 14, the group (formerly known as the Ventura Girlz) was among the finalists who submitted auditions to the SCV Dodger Day selection committee -- Pat Downing and Paula Kraskian, city of Santa Clarita; Maureen Daniels, The Signal; Sharon Bronson, KHTS-AM 1220; and Dia Vasques, Helmers Elementary School. The Dodgers' game entertainment officials made the final choice.

"Little Ladiez are absolutely delighted to represent the city of Santa Clarita and the L.A. Dodgers on SCV Dodger Day," said Kim Ryan, mother of the Ryan sisters and a rep for the group. The Ryans live in Stevenson Ranch, while the Smiths are Canyon Country residents.

The four girls have pursued show business careers since they were in elementary school, and met in 2007 after they had been cast in different roles in "The American Girls' Revue" at the American Girl Theatre at The Grove. Individually and as a group, they study voice, acting and dance, film national commercials and roles in short films and TV shows, record voice-overs for TV and film, make personal apprearances and perform in concert.

The group has performed vocal numbers for numerous community events, including the Veterans Day Ceremony, with the local Prayer Angels for the Military, at the 4th of July celebration and Santa's Village at Richard Rioux Memorial Park, as well as for vigils and memorials for local fallen soldiers Rudy Acosta and Jake Suter. The girls also sang at the Mayors Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning at the Valencia Hyatt.

While Little Ladiez have sung at pro games for the L.A. Clippers, the L.A. Sparks, the L.A. Lightning and Chivas USA, May 14 will mark the group's first appearance at Dodger Stadium.

"We are so excited to perform at the Dodgers game as they celebrate our awesome community of Santa Clarita," Lindsay said. "It's an honor to represent the SCV. When we honored Rudy Acosta and Jake Suter it became so clear to us that we are surrounded by such great people here in the valley."

"I've performed the National Anthem for the Anaheim Angels for the past four seasons," Kelsey said. "It never gets old, and is always an honor. But the opportunity to sing for the Dodgers with my sister and two best friends representing the SCV is truly special."

"In light of recent national and international events, I'm especially honored to be performing the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium," Molly said. "Hopefully, our singing will be inspiring, and will remind people how blessed we are to live in this great country. I won't mind watching an exciting Dodger game, either!"

"I've known about SCV Dodger Day since the fifth grade when my school would hand out flyers, but I never imagined I would be singing the National Anthem for it," Hayley said. "I'm very excited and proud to be representing my community, and hope to see some of my friends there!"

SCV Dodger Day festivities are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with the introduction of SCV community and school groups and officials. The SCV Youth Parade will gather on the warning track in center field, and each group will be seen on the giant DodgerVision screens when introduced.

Valencia High School's ROTC will serve as color guard. The game's first pitch will be tossed by Cary Quashen of ACTION, and Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, will catch. The umpire will be longtime local Dodger fan Margie Lombardi, with former Little League and Canyon High coach Mario Olvera serving as coach.

Discounted tickets are available for purchase at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350, or at scvdodgerday.com, through noon Friday.

Tickets will still be available at regular prices from the Dodger Stadium box office after that.

For more information about Little Ladiez, visit littleladiez.com. Call Pat Downing at (661) 255-4918 or visit scvdodgerday.com for more information about SCV Dodger Day.

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