Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 22, 2009

14-year-old in Christmas cartoon

Ashland — Fifty years from now, if 14-year-old Bronson Bush looks back on a show business career, he won’t mind a bit saying he got his start with a bit part in a cartoon.

“Just as long as I get my start,” he said. “The whole business is being in the right place at the right time, with the right people and singing the right song.”

The big break seemingly came Saturday morning. At a time when most kids his age are tucking into their second bowl of Froot Loops, Bush was sitting on the stage of the Paramount Arts Center with an assemblage of Hollywood talent, preparing for the premiere of an animated feature called “Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas the Horse.”

His part is minor, voicing one of Santa’s helper elves singing one of the cartoon’s musical numbers.

But it was enough to bring the premiere and some of the principal actors to Ashland and the Paramount.

The premiere kicked off on the first day of the Paramount’s Festival of Trees and Trains, with introductions of some of the actors to polite applause. The clapping kicked up a notch when Bush, clad in black tux, red vest and red tie, stepped through the curtain and sang his cartoon number, “Christmas in Our Village.”

He got his part in the cartoon when Nashville vocal coach Jessica Ford suggested him to Beth Roose, the producer and screenwriter. Roose, who originally is from Owensboro, said Bush was right for the part. “He’s so full of energy, and heaps, loads and bounds of talent,” she said.

Roose developed the plot from stories she created as a volunteer for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in northern Ohio, which recreates “The Polar Express” at Christmastime.

A ranger in the national park where it operates suggested she compile her stories and make them into cartoons. “Thus the series was born,” she said.

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