Annie Jr. Cast
Lariza Ora (Annie -Friday & Sunday)
Izzy / New Yorker -Saturday**** Lariza is a 12 year-old 6th grader at WA. She has starred in many plays at WA such as: Mary Poppins (Ensemble), Give My Regards to Broadway (Matilda), Cinderella (Susie the Mouse), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Imogene) and Shrek (ensemble). She has also performed at the Broward Center in Children of Eden (Cain). She competes in Jr. Thespians, and has also been in various concerts at Coral Ridge. In her spare time, she plays Lacrosse as a midfielder. She would like to dedicate this performance to the Lord for blessing her with her amazing talent and also to her family: Eliza, Mommy, Daddy, and Barnaby for always supporting her.
Gabriella Molina (Annie -Saturday)
Izzy / New Yorker -Friday & Sunday****Gabby is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. She loves to sing and act, and has performed in other WA shows including: Give My Regards to Broadway (Annie), Cinderella (Ensemble) and Shrek (Young Fiona). She performs regularly in the Coral Ridge concert series as well. She is proud to be playing Annie, and she looks forward to next year! She dedicates her performance to her brothers and her parents.
Lawrence "Reese" Parker (Daddy Warbucks)
Lawrence is an 8th grade student at WA, who has been attending WA for almost six years. Previous productions he has been a part of include: Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins. In addition, Reese was selected to be in the Florida All State Choir and competed with Jr. Thespians at Districts and States. He is also the president of Student Council and the president of National Junior Honors Society. Reese would like to dedicate his performance to his family.
Kate Hajduk (Grace Farrell)
Kate is in seventh grade at WA. She was in Cinderella, Shrek, and Give My Regards to Broadway. She participated in Jr. Thespians and football cheer. She enjoys traveling, singing, and hanging out with friends. She would like to thank her voice teacher, Miss Annette, the production team, and most importantly, the Lord.
Greta Harms (Miss Hannigan)
Greta is a 7th grader at WA. She has performed in Give My Regards to Broadway, Shrek, and Cinderella (Stepsister). She is a part of WA Cheer, Jr. Thespians, orchestra and student council. She would like to thank the directors for helping her, her parents for supporting her, and most of all, God.
Katherine Turner (Sophie / Maid / New Yorker)
Kate is 14 years old and an 8th grader at Westminster Academy and is very happy to be participating in Annie Jr. this year. In the past, Kate has been in FLCT productions such as Tarzan and The Little Mermaid (Ariel). She has also been in Shrek the Musical and Cinderella at Westminster Academy. Kate would like to thank her vocal coach Miss Rachel as well as her mom for supporting her through everything. John 15:18-19
Luiz Ramirez (Rooster Hannigan)
Luis is a 9th grader at WA, he is happy to be back in another one of the PREP/MS productions. Luis has participated in Shrek, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Cinderella. He would like to thank Ms White for giving him this opportunity to participate.
Abigail Gundlach (Lily St. Regis -Friday & Sunday)
Ruby / Maid / New Yorker -Saturday **** Abby is an 8th grader and is excited to play Lily St.Regis in the play Annie Jr . Her past performances include Frozen Jr (Elsa), Seussical Jr ( Gertrude McFuzz),Guys and Dolls(Pru), Annie (Annie),and Cinderella (ensemble). Her passion is writing and singing Abby would like to thank her drama teachers including Mrs White, Mrs Cox, Mrs Blatz, and especially a big thanks to her voice coach Annette Myers for helping her to reach for the stars!!
Kendall Shelton (Lily St. Regis -Saturday)
Ruby / Maid / New Yorker -Friday & Sunday / Connie Boylan - Sunday**** Kendall is an 8th grade student and has been at WA for 3 years. She has been in Annie Jr. once before, playing Miss Hannigan, and in Peter Pan, playing Tinkerbell. She is also a representative in the middle school Student Council.
Evelyn Branham (Tessie / NewYorker)
Evelyn is 11 years old and she is in 6th grade. She is excited to play Tessie, and she loves to act and sing. Her favorite shows she’s been in are: The Sound of Music (Gretel) Cinderella (Lydia Mouse), Shrek, Junie B Jones (Shelby). She would like to dedicate the show to Mrs. White, Mrs.Blatz, Miss Annette, and to her family for always being supportive and helping her be her best.
Cecilia Jernigan (Duffy / New Yorker)
Cecilia is an 11 year-old, talented girl from WA. She performed previously in WA’s production of Cinderella (Ensemble). She would like to dedicate the show to her family.
Sara Castro (July / New Yorker)
Sara is 11 years old and a 5th grader at Westminster Academy and this is her first theatrical production, so she is VERY excited to be performing in Annie Jr. this year. Aside from theater, Sara also plays soccer and ice hockey. Sara would like to thank her grandparents for always being there for her. Ephesians 4:32
Lydia Pacienza (Kate / New Yorker)
Lydia is 10 years old and in 4th grade. She loves to sing, dance, act, but most importantly she loves Jesus! She has loved getting to know the cast and the directors, and is so thankful for this opportunity. She is already excited for next year!
Abigail Pinho (Molly / New Yorker)
Abby is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. She has been attending WA since PreK2. Her previous stage credits are: Children of Eden (Young Abel), Cinderella (Ensemble), Shrek (Baby Bear) and Give My Regards to Broadway (Molly). She takes voice lessons with Kimberly Gonzalez and wants to dedicate her performance to her parents.
Emory Lanier (Pepper / New Yorker)
Emory is an 11 year old 5th grader, and this is her first year at WA. She has been performing in theater science she was four years old, and participated in shows like: The Little Mermaid (Adella), Shrek (The Wicked Witch), Pinkalicious (Goldilicious) and Away in a Mango (Jessica). She would like to dedicate the show and her work to her parents.
Hazel Wright (Wendy / New Yorker)
Hazel is in 5th grade and has been at WA for 3 years. Previously, she played an ensemble role in Cinderella. She would like to dedicate this show to Mrs. White, Mrs. Blatz and to her family and friends. She also thanks God for the many blessings he has put in her life.
Eva Kennicott (Star To Be / Connie Boylan / Cecile / Hooverville Resident -Friday & Saturday)
Eva is an 8th grade student. This is her first production at WA, however, she acted in the play The Phantom Tollbooth as Tock. Eva has been playing piano since she was 5 years old. In her free time, she enjoys making calligraphy art, reading, and eating ice cream and popcorn. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:1-4. She would like to dedicate her performance to her church family at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Aidan Fitzgerald (Bert Healy / Mr. Bundles / Footman / New Yorker)
Aidan is 12 year-old 6th grader at WA. He has been in Cinderella (Ensemble) at WA, and the Ft Lauderdale Christmas Pageant for several years. He enjoys drawing and painting, and also likes to travel and try new foods. He wants to dedicate his performance to his parents who have always been there for him.
Kathryn Rose Wright (Ronnie Boylan / Annette / Usherette / Hooverville Resident)
Kathryn is an 8th grade student at WA and has been at WA since 6th grade. She has previously been in the school musicals Shrek and Cinderella. She takes part in Varsity cheer at WA, as well as dance outside of school. She is in Student Council and National Junior Honors Society. Kathryn would like to dedicate this play to her brother, mom, and dad.
Claire Broeman (Bonnie Boylan / Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Claire just moved to Westminster this year and she is in sixth grade. She is 12 years old and a graduate of Christ Church School. This is her first on stage performance (other than ballet). She plays volleyball and tennis and is a high honors student. Her two younger sisters Emmie and Brie will be joining her next year, and are also very interested in drama. She would like to dedicate this performance to her parents and the Lord for pushing her to try something new.
Stephen Wright (Officer Ward / Fred McCracken / Footman / New Yorker)
Stephen is a 6th grade student who is 12 years old at Westminster Academy. He has attended WA since 3rd grade. Stephen participated in the Give My Regards to Broadway here at WA. He also participated in Junior THespians for the past year. He played soccer, and currently plays baseball outside of WA. He would like to dedicate this performance to his mom.
Nina Rocco (Mrs. Greer / Usherette / Hooverville Resident)
Nina is a 8th grade student at WA and has attended the school since 6th grade. She also participates in volleyball and soccer at WA. This is her 1st year participating in a WA play and she dedicates her performance to her parents.
Brandon Bennett (Drake / SFX Man / New Yorker )
Brandon is making his WA debut in Annie Jr.! This is also his first year at WA. He also loves water polo, and plays for WA and for his club team.
Tristan Hott (Mrs. Pugh / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident )
Tristan is 13 years old and has been attending Westminster Academy since 3rd grade. She has been doing theater since 5th grade when she appeared in Give My Regards to Broadway, followed by Cinderella. She plays the violin, the piano and has a strong interest in music. She loves doing art and drama, and enjoys reading as well. She also played basketball on the girl’s middle school team at Westminster.
Rafaela Silveira (Dog Catcher / Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Rafaela is a 13 year old and a 7th grader at WA. She has been in 5 shows: The Greatest Showman (Caroline Barnum), Descendents (Cinderella’s daughter), Annie, Any Dream Will Do and Broadway Classics (Amanda Thripp). She was born and lived in Brazil for 12 years, and moved to Ft Lauderdale last year.
Hannah Carre (Orphan / New Yorker)
Hannah is a 9 year old 4th grader at Westminster Academy and is very happy and excited to be a part of Annie Jr. this year. In the past, Hannah has been in a production of Peter Pan. Hannah would like to thank her family for everything they do for her and for always supporting her. John 3:16
Eliza Harms (Orphan / New Yorker)
Eliza is a 4th grader here at WA. She was a dancer in the 2020 Christmas production, and she is the student council class representative for Mr. Sauer’s class. She is very excited to be in Annie Jr.!
Akaila Bhola (Orphan / New Yorker)
Akaila is a 9 year-old 4th grader here at WA. She takes ballet, but this is her first on-stage production. She wants to dedicate this performance to her parents.
Bella Justiniano (Orphan / New Yorker)
Bella is in the 4th grade here at WA. This is her first production, and she is enjoying playing an orphan. After school, she also enjoys sewing.
Cadence Conde (Orphan / New Yorker)
Cadence is a 4th grader at WA, and she is known for being kind and listening to other people. She has performed in Moana, Away in a Mango and other school productions. In her spare time, she is in cheerleading and the art club.
Angelina Mesquita (Orphan / New Yorker)
Angelina is a very talented 9 year old girl, who is also an accomplished piano player. Although she performed in the Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Pageant several times, this is her first production at WA. She is very excited to be in Annie, and wants to dedicate this show to Jesus and her parents. She also thanks you, our audience, for coming to see the show!
Giuliana Airdo (Orphan / New Yorker)
“Gigi” is a 5th grader st WA and is very excited to be in Annie Jr.. She has performed in the Nutcracker ballet, and in many other shows. She dedicates this performance to Jesus Christ.
Isabella Martinez (Orphan / New Yorker)
Isabella is in 5th grade here at WA and she is really enjoying being in Annie Jr. She has been in a few other small plays, her most recent being Away in a Mango (Billy). She is not only performing for the viewers, but also for Christ.
Abry Kennicott (Orphan / New Yorker)
Abry is a 5th grader at Westminster Academy and is 11 years old. She loves to sing and has performed in the Veritas Academy Christmas concert. Aside from theater, Abry plays the violin in the 5th grade orchestra. She also plays the piano and the ukulele. Abry would like to dedicate her performance to her home in Savannah, Georgia which she misses. She would also like to dedicate her performance to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Jessa Stervil (Orphan / New Yorker)
Jessa is a 10 year-old 5th grader at WA. She has participated in one show at WA previously, Cinderella, and she also likes to draw. She would like to dedicate this show to her parents, the directors and to Jesus.
Isabella Mesquita (Orphan / New Yorker)
Isabella is 10 years old and is a 5th grader at Westminster Academy. She has been in several Christmas pageants and was in Westminster Academy’s production of Cinderella last year. Isabella is a musician and is very artistic. She loves performing on stages and is so excited to participate in Annie Jr. this year. Isabella would like to dedicate her performance to her parents and to Jesus.
Macy Hajduk (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Macy is in 5th grade and is a lifer at WA. She previously participated in Cinderella (Ensemble) and the Coral Ridge Christmas shows. She wants to thank Mrs. White, Mrs. Blatz, her parents, herself and Jesus.
Eden Karam (Orphan / New Yorker)
Eden is 11 years old (soon to be 12!) and is in the 5th grade. She has been in two shows previously at WA; Cinderella (Ensemble) and Away in a Mango (Joanna Coconuts), and she is excited to be in Annie Jr. She would like to dedicate her performance to her mom and dad.
Lucia Boeri (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Lucia is in 5th grade and is a lifer here at WA. Previously she appeared in Cinderella (Ensemble) and is excited to participate in Annie Jr.. She would like to thank her parents, Mrs. White, Mrs. Blatz, Mrs. Morris and Jesus.
Violet Scicchitano (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Violet is 11 years old and is in 5th grade and this is her first Westminster Academy production. She is very excited to be participating in Annie Jr. this year. Aside from theater, Violet has also participated in dance classes and has performed in many dance recitals. She would like to thank her grandma for always supporting her.
Lana Easley (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Lana is a 6th grader at Westminster Academy and this is her 3rd year at WA. She has participated in 3 productions here at WA and she is really happy to be at this production.
Priscilla Efird (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Priscilla is a 6th grader at Westminster Academy and this her 2nd year at WA. She has recently been in Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Priscilla is also a dancer at Dance Dimensions. Annie is her first production she has been in at WA
Samantha Carre (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Samantha is in 6th grade here at WA and is 11 years old. She has performed previously in Peter Pan at French-American International School. She dances and plays soccer in her free time. She wants to dedicate her performance to her family and to God.
Anna Cochrane (Maid / New Yorker / Hooverville Resident)
Anna is in 6th grade here at WA. She was in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Alice) last year at WA, and is excited to be in Annie Jr. She participated in swimming, and was on the WA Cross Country team. She would like to thank her parents for helping her achieve her goals.
Chloe Wright (Star To Be -Sunday)
Chloe is so excited to be working with the junior drama program again this year. She was the Student Director for Cinderella last year and has been in numerous WA productions over the past 6 years such as Peter Pan, Sound of Music, Little Women, Shrek the Musical (Pinnochio), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Prentiss). Chloe has also participated in outside theater programs such as The Performance Project, My Broadway Dreams, and The Broadway Artists Intensive. Chloe is so proud of the hard work and dedication that these kids have put into making this show great and cannot wait to see what all of them do next. Chloe is very sad to be leaving the Westminster Academy Drama Program this year but will be pursuing a BFA in Theater at Texas State University in the Fall.
Brady Oropesa (FDR)
Brady is a 10th grader at WA, and is happy to be back in a PREP/MS production. Brady has portrayed Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, one of the Three Pigs in Shrek: the Musical, and one of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan. He would like to thank Mrs. White for giving him the opportunity to be in the show.
Olivia Oropesa (Harriet Ickes)
Olivia is a 9th grader at Westminster Academy and she is happy to be back in another one of the PREP/MS productions. Olivia has participated in many roles at WA such as: Teen Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Louisa VonTrapp in the Sound of Music, and Cinderella in Cinderella. Olivia would like to thank Mrs White for giving her this opportunity.
Lidia Blatz (Frances Perkins)