The actress, singer, and dancer has the title role in North Shore Music Theatre’s “Annie,” which runs Tuesday through July 29. This is the fourth “Annie” production for the 13-year-old from Sudbury, who starred as the redheaded orphan with the Wellesley Players and Maine State Music Theatre last year. Her first professional “Annie” performance was in third grade, when she played Molly, the youngest orphan, at the Reagle Music Theatre.
‘[The role of Annie is] just so fun, and I’ll probably grow out of it soon, so I want to do it as many times as I can.’
Q. Is your closet full of “Annie” costumes?
A. I’m not allowed to keep them after the show. Wellesley kept it just in case they do the show again. For Maine, they rented them. And this one, they’re making it, so maybe I’ll get to keep that.
Q. What about the wigs?
A. The wigs I can’t keep, either. They rented most of them. This one they’re actually making. They fitted my head with this weird plastic wrap, and a guy put tape on it and drew where my eyebrows were, and then he took it off, and it was like a mold of my head.
Q. Do you wear makeup, too?
A. Not a lot. Just so the lights don’t wash my face out because I’m really pale, so usually they’ll put whatever that’s called — foundation or something.
Q. Do they put freckles on?
A. No. I have some!
Q. What’s it like switching Daddy Warbuckses each musical?
A. It’s weird. My mom always jokes I have four dads — my real dad and then these three dads. I stay in touch with them.
Q. Do you use a real dog to play Sandy?
Q. Does the dog have a name other than Sandy?
A. Yeah. This one is Mikey.
Q. What are some stage tricks you do with him?
A. I call him, and he comes. He has to be able to sit. If I pat my hand over his eyes, he’ll stay. There’s different types of things that are subtle so it doesn’t look like you’re doing anything.
Q. Have you ever messed up onstage?
Q. So you’ve never forgotten a line?
A. No, not yet.
Q. What other roles have you had?
A. I was Gretel in “Sound of Music,” so I was the littlest girl. I was Baby June in “Gypsy” once. I was the youngest daughter in “Fiddler on the Roof.” When “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” came to Boston on the tour, I did that. Most of them were community theater shows.
Q. What’s been your favorite role?
A. This. It’s just so fun, and I’ll probably grow out of it soon, so I want to do it as many times as I can.
Q. You got an Actors’ Equity union card while performing in Maine last summer.
A. It’s helpful because when I go on auditions to New York, instead of going to an open call with a thousand girls and getting a number and waiting, you can just get an appointment, which is much easier. And it defines the difference between professionalism and not.
Q. Is your goal to become an actress?
A. Yes, I want to be on Broadway.
Q. What is your dream role?
A. When I’m older I want to be Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”
Q. Why’s that?
A. Because she’s funny, and I’m funny!