Although Hollywood is thousands of miles away, some of its youngest stars made their way to Alaska this week.


Kidz Bop — a musical group that puts a friendly spin on some of today’s hottest tunes — traveled to Anchorage to film a commercial and music video. Dozens of Alaskan kids had the chance to participate.


“It was kind of a late birthday present for me,” said Kidz Bop fan Sydnie Peterson. “It’s pretty cool, I didn’t know where we were going … soon as my parents told me I was like, “Oh my gosh!'”


The youth group has released 25 albums since 2001 and has 18 top 10 debuts. Sally Bunnell, the group’s director, said it’s important to Kidz Bop to travel to communities like Anchorage.


“This is where our real fans are,” Bunnell said.


Producer Fuliane Petikyan said the state’s film tax credit program also played a role in bringing Kidz Bop to the Last Frontier.


“It’s been very important for me,” she said. “The crews are here and I’ve come back three or four times because of it.”


The group said the local film industry has everything it needs — including excited fans like Sydnie.