HOUSTON - MAMMA MIA!! What do you do when you're part of a touring Broadway show and want to feel a little more grounded?
"We stop in cities, sometimes for such a short amount of time, and we live on the road, so nothing quite feels like home. So, Stephanie and I like to reach out and get more invested in the community that we stop in, so we can get a better sense of the place that we're in and also get a little perspective," explained Emmeline Wood, a member of the Mamma Mia touring company.
While in Houston, Mamma Mia actresses Emmeline Wood and Stephanie Brooks spend time with a few kids at the Star of Hope Women and Family Shelter.
"Our lives consist of being on a bus and then coming right in to perform a lot of the time, and it's really special when we get to connect to the people on and off stage," according to Stephanie Brooks.
The kids don't seem impressed by what these young ladies do on stage, but they are thrilled to be able to spend a little quality time with someone who cares.
"It's fun to sign autographs and it's nice to be looked up to but they're just innocent and they just want to play and have fun and that's great too," said Wood.
"This place is so amazing in that it keeps the families together when they can, and it provides opportunity for these kids to have an outlet and just to get to play and be kids," added Brooks.
Who knows, maybe one day, one of these kids will be on Broadway.
"Oh, I sure hope so, I started loving music and theater when I was a kid and I would love to bring that to other children," Wood said happily.
At least for these kids who don't have it easy, a few lucky moments with celebs who want to give back.