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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Student from Woodfill Elementary Stars in the Musical, “Annie, Jr.” at NKU’s “Mainstage”

Woodfill student, Sophia Veshapidze, to portray Annie at NKU's "MainStage." 
by Michele Pam Wright

Sophia Veshapidze, a fifth grader at Woodfill Elementary School, has been singing her heart out for many years. Now she has a wonderful opportunity to star in a local musical.

She will be performing the role of Annie in “Annie, Jr.” The musical will be performed at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as part of their music preparatory department, “Mainstage.” Sophia has been a member of “Mainstage” for four years.

“Mainstage” is a musical theatre company for ages 8-17. It’s a comprehensive musical experience that combines singing, acting, and dancing and is under the direction of Jamie Martin. Students engage in solo and ensemble singing, scene staging, costume and set creation, and of course performances on the "Mainstage."

Sophia has had several performances just in the last two years. In 2015 she sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Samuel Woodfill Elementary School’s Awards Day, and had a solo in “Freak Flag” from Shrek the Musical and “Be Our Guest,” both at NKU’s  “Mainstage” in their winter concert.

In Woodfill Elementary’s Variety Show of February 2016, she performed “Summertime” by George Gershwin and looks forward to singing the “Star Spangled Banner” in the Fort Thomas Elementary School’s Field Day as well as her upcoming performance in “Annie, Jr.” at NKU’s “Mainstage.”

Asked what she enjoys most about performing in “Annie, Jr.,” Sophia said, “It’s a lot of fun because it’s so interactive and I get to sing a lot.”

Sophia’s parents, David and Victoria Veshapidze, are understandably proud of Sophia and her musical accomplishments which also include playing the violin, performing in All State Choir, and performing in the “Star” program which is part of Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

“Annie, Jr.” will be performed Friday, May 6th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children under age 10 and $7 for general audience.

For more information on NKU’s “Mainstage” musical theatre company, go to:

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