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Little performers

Short Entertaiment co-owner Shorty Rossi, right, rehearses a “Village People” performance with entertainers from left: Sebastian Saraceno, Julio Maldono, Ronald Clark, Frankie Gieb at an Orange County home. Short Entertainment is a talent agency for little people (mostly midgets and dwarfs) who are hired to perform at parties and other events. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Rossi, second from left, books small performers. Besides performing, they are also hired to be greeters, bartenders or simply party goers, usually in costume. They book little people all over the country, with their biggest day by far being St. Patrick’s. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Rossi, right side of stage, interacts with a partier during their performance as the “Village People” during a private party at a Laguna Beach club recently. From left: Freankie Gieb, Julio Maldono, Ronald Clark, Sebastian Saraceno. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Rossi dances on a go-go box with a dancer as fellow entertainers greet and photograph partiers before their “Village People” performance. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Short Entertaiment performers Frankie Gieb, left, dressed as the cowboy, Sebastian Saraceno, middle, dressed as a construction worker, and Julio Maldono, as the policeman, right, take a break after performing as the “Village People” for a private party at a Laguna Beach club recently. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)