GEORGETOWN, KY – Alumnus T.G. Shuck ’91 and his wife Angie were among excited viewers of this year’s Tony Awards as their seven-year-old daughter Booklyn’s first Broadway show, “Annie: The Musical,” garnered a nomination for best revival of a musical. Brooklyn wasn’t on stage but as an understudy she was in attendance at the prestigious awards show.

Brooklyn joined the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) after showing special talent in dance at an early age. There she appeared in several productions including the 2012 musical revue, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” She was also featured at the annual holiday sing-along concert “Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song,” where she was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

It was a year or so ago that Brooklyn began auditioning in New York City for such shows as “The Grinch” and “Godspell 2032.” In December, she received a call back to the Big Apple to audition for a swing role in the Broadway revival of “Annie.” She learned she was cast as the understudy to the actresses playing orphans Molly, Kate, Tessie, July and Duffy in January. She first appeared on stage as Kate on March 26 at the Palace Theatre.

Mom and dad are proud of Brooklyn’s ability in dance, voice and acting. We predict she will find a special place on stage at a future Tony Awards ceremony.

Alumnus and former football Tiger T.G. is now a regular commuter between Lexington and NYC. The former chief meteorologist for WKYT-TV in Lexington, he is devoting more time to family. Weather forecasting is still in his blood, however, so he is currently the “Weather Wizard” for the online news page KyForward.com. You can also follow his weather Tweets @TGWeather.