Young talent: Cruz Albuqerque
Toppick Media Editor May 06, 2019 1254 Views 6 Comments
Performance Award (Youth) Best Actor in a Musical at the Broadway World Dallas awards. Best Actor - Art Centre Theatre.
This polite, well mannered, talented 6th grader belonging to Pioneer Heritage middle school in Frisco / Texas, is a bundle of joy with a heart of gold. Always positive and ever willing to help a friend in need. His innocent spontaneous laughter can brighten up the darkest room.
At the age of 5 he exercised his musical talent, singing and dancing while doing a cover song/video ‘Be bop a Lula’ on You Tube as part of a mom & son production.
That enkindled a fire in his belly to perform on stage. Although he was exposed to gymnastics, swimming and soccer, he preferred the arts and enjoyed sketching. He started learning the piano and later took up hip hop lessons for a short while and learnt a bit of dancing with his mom also a former singer/dancer.At the age of 7 he won the 1st place at an all Dallas talent hunt ‘ Audition America’. Loved by his colleagues in elementary, Cruz was voted student councilor for two consecutive years by his fellow students. Cruz admits it gave him a sense of responsibility and a boost to his self confidence.
He later went on to act in the musical ‘Cats’ where he played the role of ‘Munkustrap’. Little did he know that he would be nominated for the Performance award (Youth) Best Actor in a musical in the Broadway World Dallas Awards, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia, and WIN it !!!
Cruz then went on to win the Best Actor (Youth) at the Arts Center. When asked what he would like to become when he grows up ? He excitedly replies,” An animal Doctor and an Actor!” He also happens to be the nephew of The Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi and former MTV VJ/ Celebrity chef Maria Goretti Warsi, so I guess acting runs in the family .We will just have to wait and watch.