The Young Women's League of New Canaan is preparing for its second annual American Girl Fashion Show on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Country Club of Darien to raise funds for Autism Speaks. There are two shows each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

This year, more than 80 girls ranging in age from 5 to 17 are giving several hours of their time and talent to perform in the show. New Canaan residents Isabella Salant, Morgan Daniel and Lauren Sampson are some of the town's girls set to take the stage for the cause.

The American Girl stories go back through time in American history in the context of the young women who lived it. One of American Girl's historical characters is an escaped slave, others came of age as women received the right to vote, another works to turn Title Nine into law. The show places history right before the attendees.

When the Young Women's League of New Canaan decided to undertake the project, the entire community got behind it. Local churches donated rehearsal space, the teen center loaned their space for auditions and groups like the local brownie troop moved their meetings so the girls could fit in rehearsals.

To buy tickets visit ywlnewcanaan.org. For more information, email chairmen Jani Salant and Kelly Daniel at americangirlfashionshow@ywlnewcanaan.org.

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