Sara Ramirez to Return to the Stage

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It surely will be tempting for Sara (pronounced Sah-rah) Ramirez to break into song this weekend while she's narrating Prokofiev's "Peter & the Wolf" in performances by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

"I can see myself turning around and saying, 'Can I get a Frank Sinatra tune?'" says the Grey's Anatomy star with a contagious laugh.

"You're on the stage with (an orchestra), and it just blows you away. It's like you've got this powerhouse sound coming from behind you, and it's so cool," she continues. "So to be involved with it again in any way, shape or form is really exciting to me."

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Sara Ramirez will be returning to her stage actress roots.

The idea of the TV series lead singing "I've Got the World on a String" with strings really isn't as strange as it may sound. Though most folks know her as the spirited (non-singing) Dr. Callie Torres on the ABC prime time medical drama, others know the Juilliard School graduate primarily for her stage work.

Ramirez's Tony Award-winning performance as the Lady of the Lake in "Spamalot" was her calling card. Theater devotees may also recall her debut in Paul Simon's "The Capeman," with a cast that included Marc Anthony and Rubén Blades.

She's particularly looking forward to working with the youth orchestra. Though she has sung challenging work by Stephen Sondheim opposite Patti LuPone in a 2002 Chicago concert, this will be the first time she has both narrated the Prokofiev family favorite and worked with a youth orchestra.

A former child performer herself, Sara Ramirez looks forward to collaborating with the youngsters. The 32-year-old actress moved from her native Mexico to San Diego after her parents' divorced while she was in grade school.

Her mother enrolled her in that city's School of Creative and Performing Arts, which she attended from fourth through 12th grades.

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