Danville Express

Living - November 4, 2005

Youth in the news

Alissa Anderegg

Danville resident Alissa Anderegg, 11, has been cast in the West Coast production of "The American Girl Revue" in Los Angeles, which is based on the characters and stories of "The American Girls Collection." More than 300,000 patrons enjoyed the musical at theaters in Chicago and New York City, and it will play in the American Girl Place Theatre at the Grove in Los Angeles. A store catering to American Girl dolls, books and other playthings is expected to open in April. Alissa will portray Becky, who sings and tap dances as the doll Molly. She competed against hundreds of others and took part in three auditions as well as separate tap dance auditions before being chosen for her favorite part. She has performed in more than 15 community theater productions and has won awards for her singing. She is currently playing "Little Mary" in "the Women" at the Dean Lesher Center for the Performing Arts. She has also starred in "Annie" and "Sound of Music." She sings a solo in the upcoming movie "Little Miss Sunshine" and is also in the soon-to-be-released film "Bee Season" starring Richard Gere. She is currently filming "Pursuit of Happiness" starring Will Smith. Alissa studied voice for six years with former Danville resident Lynda Kalb, and is an honor student at the Dorris-Eaton School in Walnut Creek. She lives in Blackhawk with her parents Jim and Leisha Anderegg. Randie Allyse Schoenberg Randie Alyse Schoenberg of Danville is participating in the 2005 Miss Junior Teen San Francisco pageant taking place Sunday. She was chosen after submitting an application and taking part in an interview session. Randie, 13, is a student at Diablo Vista Middle School. She will be competing for more than $20,000 in scholarships. The competition includes modeling casual and formal wear. But the most important part of the competition is the personality and interviewing skills displayed before a panel of judges. Randie received sponsorships to be in the competition, which supported her training and rehearsals. The winner of the competition will represent the San Francisco Bay Area at the Cities of America National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Fla.


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