Erik Orton, 39, from New York City, is a writer, director and producer working near Times Square. In 2009, he won an Emmy Award for his Off-Off Broadway original musical Berlin. But this year, just like last, Orton and his family of seven will be participating in a large outdoor production in upstate New York.
“I had no interest in doing (the) pageant whatsoever,” Orton said. “The only reason I did it was because of my kids. I was miserable the first week, but by the time we did the initial run-through, I had a change of heart and realized that there’s something here."