LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?
RD: Annie interested me because it is such a fun show with amazing music! I had done Annie another time as the orphan, Kate, and it was just such a fun experience that I wanted to do it again!
LA:For those that are unfamiliar with Annie can you tell us about the show?
RD: Annie is a fun and spectacular show filled with humor, love and music. The show is just so great and fun to watch for all ages.
LA:Talk about the character v(s) that you play in Annie. How have you developed this character?
RD: Annie is an orphan filled with optimism and hope. She is always cheering things up with a song and is always making people smile, except for Miss Hannigan, of course. I have developed Annie by really listening to what she sings and says and finding the true passion in that. I just think that Annie is more than a great voice and curly, red hair. She really does have a special touch for everything.
LA: Why should people come and see Annie?
RD: Annie has a real WOW factor to it, filled with brilliantly written music, great choreography and fantastic actors! There are some awesome singers in the cast and the dancing is really great too. The orphans bring a joy to the show that no one else can bring. Everyone should come see it.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
RD: Everyone portrays their characters so well with great originality. The orphans have made up back stories which is always fun and I can see their characters coming to life. Adam Rousar, as Rooster, is hilarious! In the scenes when he is in the mansion, Annie is supposed to be scared. Instead, I have a hard time not laughing. He is too funny!
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Annie?
RD: I think the “wow” elements of the show are definitely the music and talent within the cast.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
RD: I love the scenes in the orphanage because there is a lot going on and it is fun to be part of the scenes.
LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?
RD: I am excited to see the entire show come together and come to life. It becomes so much more when everything and everyone comes together on stage.
LA: What is your favorite musical to watch?
RD: “Cinderella” is my favorite musical to watch live.
LA: What is your favorite thing to do around the holidays?
RD: My favorite thing to do around the holidays is having “snack dinners,” drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies.
LA: Which do you like better Annie the movie or the stage version?
RD: I definitely appreciate the stage version more because you can’t stop in the middle of a song but you can when making a movie.
LA: Where and how will you have the energy to do 24 shows?
RD: I will get my energy from all of the natural energy I have and, of course, from the magical power of candy! I am always pumped and excited for things and am rarely tired.
LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?
RD: My favorite role that I have ever played is Kate, in Annie. She is such a funny orphan and she gets to swing a dead rat in Miss Hannigan’s face and who wouldn’t love seeing THAT reaction!
LA: What is your dream character to play on stage?
RD: My dream role was to be Annie, but since that dream has recently been fulfilled, I would like to play Elfaba in Wicked. It is such an amazing show with great music and I think it would be fun to be painted green!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
RD: I am 12 years old. I live in Columbus, MN with my mom, dad, brother, sister and two dogs. In my spare time, besides doing theater, I love to sing, dance, run, crochet, read and do math.