Moana JR Cast

Sharanya Prasad (Moana)
Sharanya is 14 years old and in 8th grade at Walker Middle Magnet School. This is her 3rd year and her TBPAA credits include Aladdin (ensemble) and Matilda (Miss Honey). In addition to theater, she enjoys art, reading, and ice skating.
Rachel Boutros (Maui)
Rachel is 14 years old and is an 8th grader at Plato Academy in Clearwater. This is her sixth year at TBPAA. Her latest TBPAA credits include: Matilda Jr (Ms. Trunchbull); Madagascar Jr (Gloria); Little Mermaid Jr (Ursula); Into the Woods Jr (Evil Stepmother, Wolf and Rapunzel's voice); Willy Wonka Jr (Mrs. Beauregarde). She also performs for the Encore Senior Dance Team and singing in Musical Showcases. Other theatre credits are workshops and summers with Straz Theatre, Plato Academy performances and previous years with Ruth Eckerd Hall. Rachel also sings the National Anthem for the Threshers
Connor Kane (Ancestor 1)
Connor is 13 years old and is in 7th grade at Palm Harbor Middle School. This is her fifth year acting at TBPAA. Her credits include Frozen (Elsa), Peter Pan camp (Wendy), Cinderella (Anastasia), Madagascar (Zookeeper and Foosa), High School Musical (Ensemble), Aladdin camp (Ensemble) and Mean Girls camp (Shane Omen). She is in her 4th season with the TBPAA Encore Team. When Connor is not dancing or acting, she is reading, singing, or playing volleyball.
Kaya Miles (Ancestor 2)
Kaya is 13, and a 7th grade student of the Cambridge Conservatory of Academics & Art at TSMS. Her TBPAA credits include: Mary Poppins (Jane), Madagascar (Mason the monkey and a Lemur), Encanto Musical, Peter Pan (John), Trolls Musical, and 101 Dalmatians (Anita Darling). She trains in Pointe Ballet, Contemporary dance, and is a member of the Senior Encore team at TBPAA.
Juliana Blades (Ancestor 3)
Juliana Blades is a 5th grader at Highland Lakes Elementary School. She loves to be on stage to sing, dance, and act! Juliana has been in several TBPAA productions, including Frozen, Aladdin, and Mary Poppins. She also enjoys performing with the TBPAA Encore Junior Elite Team. When she is not performing, Juliana enjoys spending time with family and friends, cuddling and playing with her 3 kitties and new puppy, and traveling to new places.
Maya Preston (Gramma Tala)
Kirill Demeshkin (Chief Tui)
Kirill Demeshkin is a 12 year old attending Plato Academy. This is his 2nd year with TBPAA, playing Michael Banks last year in Mary Poppins Jr.. Kirill loves sports such as basketball and football, and of course, enjoys theater. He is very excited that Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Kim, and Eva Keller have trusted him with this role. A big thanks goes out to his family, his pets, Mrs. Kim, Mrs. Lisa, and all of the wonderful staff at TBPAA that work so hard to make the production amazing.
Emily Felperin (Sina)
Emily is finishing up her last year at Carwise Middle School. She is part of the Carwise Ladies Chorus group, which received superior with distinction at the district-level music performance this year. This is her second year with TPBAA and her first with a cast role. Emily also enjoys playing Lacrosse and spending time with her friends. She is excited to show off everything she has learned this season. We hope you all enjoy the show!
Ava Cane (Tamatoa)
Ava is 10 yrs old and in 5th grade. She has appeared in Willy Wonka KIDS (Ensemble), Cinderella KIDS (Cinderella),  Frozen KIDS (Middle Ana, Queen Iduna, & Snow Chorus), Junie B Jones (Camille), and Matilda Jr (Matilda). Ava has performed in numerous TBPAA Showcases,the Florida Strawberry Festival, Florida State Fair, Universal Studios City Walk and Disney Springs. She is in her 5th year on the Encore Performance Team, and 3 yrs on JR Elite.   Ava loves to sing, play the piano, runs all-county track, and is a straight-A student.
Julia Cander (Te Fiti)
Julia is filled with many talents from singing, to dancing, to acting, and more. She’s been dancing since she was 4 years old and still continues it at Suncoast Academy of Dance. She’s been a part of school based shows like the renaissance concert (shout out Ms. Kline!), tech/props in Shrek the musical, and main ensemble in The Little Mermaid (sailor, dancing fish, tap dancing seagull, princess). This is her first show at TBPAA and loving theater she wants to continue it in the future
Caroline Johansson (Hei Hei)
Caroline is 9 years old and is in 3rd Grade at Safety Harbor Elementary. She is coming up on her second full year with TBPAA. She also enjoys being part of the Junior Encore Team with TBPAA. When Caroline is not on stage, she loves to dance competitively, write songs, read and enjoy family time with her sisters. Her TBPAA credits include: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Matilda) and Matilda (Escapologist & student).
Erin Rushkowski (Pua)
Erin is in 5th grade at Elisa Nelson Elementary. This is her sixth show here at TBPAA. Her credits include: Cinderella KIDS (Gus), Frozen KIDS (Pabbie), Junie B Jones JR (Sheldon), Matilda JR (Nigel), and Mary Poppins JR (the Bird Lady and Miss Andrews). She has loved every role. Erin is also part of the Encore team here at TBPAA.
Emme Coldiron (TeKah /Villiager)
Emme Coldiron is currently a 7th-grade student at ELMS. She loves to listen to musicals in her free time. Emme recently starred in Mean Girls as Mrs. George and Annabeth Chase in Percy Jackson. She is thankful to her parents, siblings, Nana, cousins, and extended family for always supporting her in what she chooses to do.
Maya Cotterill (Villager)
Maya is 12 years old homeschooled and in 7th grade. This is Maya’s 3rd year with TBPAA. Her credits include Trolls, 101 Dalmations (police officer), Madagascar (Mort and monkey), Willy Wonka (James and the Giant Peach & Oompa Loompa), Encanto (Isabella), Mary Poppins (ensemble), Peter Pan (pirate), and her most recent credit Willy Wonka (Violet Beauregarde). This is also Maya‘s second year on the TBPAA Senior Encore Team. In Mayas free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and dancing.
Wesley Wilkens (Left Claw/Fisherman/Villiager)
Wesley Wilkens is 14 years old. He is in 8th grade at Carwise Middle School. Plays he has been in: 101 Dalmatians he played Pongo; Christmas Carol he played Mean Kid; Madagascar he played a zookeeper; Suessical he played Mr Mayor.
Gabrielle Hoefer (Right Claw)
Gabrielle is excited to perform in her 2nd show with TBPAA after previously being in the Ensemble of Mean Girls! She is currently a 7th grader at Palm Harbor Middle School and in her spare time enjoys playing soccer with Florida Celtic, singing, dancing and drawing. Gabby wants to be an Artist!
Natalie Holden (Gate Monster/Villager)
Natalie (age 11) is thrilled to be a part of another season with TBPAA. She has previously been in Frozen Kids (Boulda), 101 Dalmatians (Horace), Aladdin Kids (Ensemble) , Encanto (Ensemble), Matilda Jr. (Lavendar) and Seussical Kids (JoJo). Natalie had always loved the stage and thanks God for the ability to live out her dreams with those she loves.
Ashley Haefliger (Villager)
Ashley is 12 years old and loves to sing all day long. She used to take Voice Lessons at Westchase Music School and had a few recitals. For the past 2 years she had been part of the Chorus at Davidsen Middle School and had several performances which included dance choreographies. This is her first performance with TBPAA.
Lily Kanicki (Villager)
Lily is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Imagine School of Land O Lakes. This is Lily's 4th year at TBPAA. She has previously been in the Little Mermaid, Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Mean Girls. She is also a member of TBPAA's Senior Encore Team. In her spare time, Lily enjoys playing basketball, running cross country and spending time with her doggies.
Siddhant Prasad (Villager)
Sid is 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Bryant Elementary School. This is his first year at TBPAA. In addition to theater, he enjoys football, golf, and Cub Scouts.
Kennedy Schubert (Villager)
Kennedy, an 11-year-old upcoming actor, is excited to perform her first show at TBPAA, Moana! During her spare time, she loves cooking, science projects, and loves fashion!
Eleanor Valentine (Villager)
Ellie is 11 years old and is a 5th grader in Palm Harbor. This is her 4th year with TBPAA. When Ellie is not on stage, she loves to listen to rock music, dance, watch anime, and talk to friends.. Her credits include: Frozen Kids, Aladdin Kids, Jungle Book Kids, and Encanto