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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 9:07 am | Updated: 3:18 pm, Sun Jul 29, 2018.

America’s Favorite Little Orphan is Making Her Way to Seminole Theatre.   The sun'll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun!”  That’s right South Florida, the Historic Seminole Theatre is gearing up to bring the Broadway Classic ‘Annie’ to Homestead, which its first of a nine show run opening tonight!

During The Seminole Theatre Players (STP) Sophomore Summer Season of 2018, success was found with a newer Broadway hit ‘In the Heights’ last month, but that didn’t mean STP would shy away from the classics.

After a unanimous vote, it was agreed upon that “Annie: The Musical” was the next production the STP Board needed to bring to the Seminole Stage, and one that would close out their 2018 Summer Season.

Now you can’t have Annie Musical without, well, Annie. Chosen from over a hundred talented young girls to wear the iconic red dress is Janaya Jasmine Fedler.

This Miami native and 12 year old seventh grader can be found running track and cheering.

When’s she’s not rehearsing for her debut stage role of course.

Dancing for a total of six years and falling in love with theatre as a school elective, she was tipped off to STP’s “Annie: The Musical” auditions by her drama teacher.

As Janaya said “It feels amazing, because it’s my first show. But also a bit stressful, because the show’s all about you and you don’t want to mess it up (laughs).”

The rigorous three month rehearsal process was an enlightening one for the young actress.

Janaya definitely enjoyed working with the rest of the cast and crew whom became a sort of extended family to her.

“They’re such a playful and upbeat group, so it’s hard not to laugh. We

all work very well together and are so comfortable with each other. Especially with Finian (who portrays Annie’s loveable mutt Sandy). It was really fun working with him as well, because I like animals. They’re fun to be around.”

Though the moment she truly felt the gravitas of this experience she had been blessed with, came during Tech Week.

“The hardest thing I had to do was sing, because I’ve never sung

professionally before. Yet my best memory so far was having a spotlight on me with a mic. It’s a crazy feeling that cannot be replaced.”

The Seminole Theatre Players spin on this beloved musical, is sure to continue the tradition of bringing Broadway caliber productions to South Florida and with a promise that you’ve never seen a version quite like this before.

In the end, it was all worth it to Janaya. “I’m most excited for

my family and friends to come watch the show, but the first thing I want to do when the show is over, is sleep!”.

Annie: The Musical opens Friday, with a 8 pm show. And minus an open Dress Rehearsal and free Camp Show, has additional performances on Sat, July 28th; Sun, July 29th; Fri, August 3rd; Sat, August 4th and closes on Sun, August 5th. For more information and tickets, please visit www.seminole/

theatre.org/annie or call the Box Office at 786-650-2073.

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