PAST FEATURES

September 2021

Cameron Lally

Student of the Month

Cameron Lally is a student at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District’s Transition to Independence Program. He participates in football, baseball, and basketball. Outside of school, Cameron enjoys hiking, running, hanging out at the beach, listening to music, and making home videos.

 

Cameron attended our Saturday drama classes this summer, and his favorite part was practicing dances with everyone. He looks forward to Anchorless every week and loves making new friends and learning about acting. 

Charlie Farber

Volunteer of the Month

 

Charlie Farber is a freshman at Chadwick School. He is a busy student, participating in his school’s theatre and Model United Nations programs. Outside of his extracurriculars, Charlie enjoys reading, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends. He also likes to run, watch films, and collect vinyls. 

Charlie’s first show with Anchorless was High School Musical 2 where he played Ryan. He has also been a part of our Saturday drama classes and our Summer 2021 Showcase. He loves Anchorless because he feels like he is part of a family when he sees how happy the students are in rehearsal. Additionally, Anchorless has helped him grow and practice his social and leadership skills.
 

August 2021

Sofia Kalem

Student of the Month

Sofia is a student at Palos Verdes High School. She enjoys taking fitness classes and playing tennis. She also rides horses and swims laps with her dad on weekends. In her free time, Sofia likes to watch movies, travel with her parents, take walks, and prepare meals for her family.

Sofia’s first show with Anchorless was Beauty and the Beast where she played Belle. Sofia was also in Willy Wonka and Frozen KIDS. Her favorite part of rehearsals is singing and dancing with everyone. Sofia loves that her mentors get to watch her perform and enjoy the music and dances along with her.

Krish Patel

Volunteer of the Month

 

Krish will be a senior at Mira Costa High School this fall. He volunteers at the UCLA Health Center to help the elderly and also plays Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, watch movies and sports, and play video games.

Krish made his Anchorless debut in Frozen KIDS as Townsperson 11. He has since been in Matilda Jr. where he played Rudolpho. Krish enjoys doing run-throughs and practicing scenes with his cast. He brings a positive mindset to every rehearsal and helps everyone do their best in each production he is a part of.

July 2021

Isabella Smith-Konecny

Student of the Month

Isabella is a Student at DaVinci Communications High School. In her free time, she likes to ride horses and hang out with friends.

 

Isabella is one of our newer actresses. She has made two outstanding performances so far. Her first show with Anchorless was Frozen, where she played the role of Kristoff. Since then, she has played Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda. Isabella shows dedication to all of the roles, learning dances and scenes. She also loves getting to make new friends through Anchorless.

Julia Holton 

Volunteer of the Month

 

Julia is one of our committed tech crew members. She worked on the costume and prop design team for both Matilda and Frozen. As well as being part of the tech crew for Willy Wonka, Frozen, and Matilda. Through Anchorless, Julia has been able to experience the sense of community that is felt while working on a musical. Through her involvement with anchorless, Julia has used her interest in historical fashion and musical theatre to bring Anchorless’ shows to life.
 

Outside of Anchorless, Julia is a senior at Mira Costa High School. She participates in a charity organization called the Sandpiper Juniors and is also a BSA scout. Julia is a creative; writing poems, songs, and stories. She also enjoys studying historical fashion, environmentalism, and going to Disneyland.

June 2021

Elena Ashmore

Student of the Month

Elena is one of our most talented actors. She has been with Anchorless since 2018 when she played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. She is currently rehearsing to play the role of Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda this spring. Elena enjoys getting to sing and dance at Anchorless with her fellow castmates.

 

Outside of Anchorless, Elena loves to dance: hip hop, ballet, break dancing, you name it! She participates in Straight Up Abilities dance classes and enjoys furthering her dancing skills there. In her free time, Elena enjoys cooking and baking with her family.

Sydney Brooks

Volunteer of the Month

 

Sydney is an avid volunteer. She first got involved with Anchorless through the National Charity League and has continued working with the program since her first show, Frozen. Joining Anchorless in 2020 gave Sydney an opportunity to connect with people and establish a routine during a time of isolation. Now, she loves being part of Anchorless Drama Classes and getting to learn dances, write scenes, and perform with her friends. She has gotten the chance to see her friends and castmates grow throughout her time with Anchorless and finds it rewarding to watch them succeed.

 

Sydney enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, playing tennis, traveling, and listening to music. She also works with the Friendship Foundation and Heal the Bay through the National Charity League. This summer, Sydney is looking forward to volunteering with the Friendship Foundation and getting to spend more time with her friends.

May 2021

John Grimble

Student of the Month

John’s first show with Anchorless was Frozen KIDS, where he played the role of King Agnar. Currently, John is rehearsing for the role of Bobby in Matilda The Musical JR. as well as participating in Anchorless’ Saturday Drama Classes.

 

Outside of Anchorless, John is a student at Friendship Foundation, and he is a part of the Mychal’s Learning Place Adult Program. He also participates in the Special Olympics. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Paloma Hashemi

Volunteer of the Month

 

Paloma is a student at Vistamar school. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, play the piano, scrapbook, and hang out with her friends and pets. She also works with an organization that promotes social justice in education.


Paloma’s first show with Anchorless was Frozen, where she played the Housekeeper. She is now part of the Tech Crew for Matilda and a volunteer for Saturday Drama Classes. She loves going to rehearsals and getting to learn dances and meet new people. Anchorless is like a second family that has given her memories to hold onto forever.

April 2021

Jasmine Higgins

Student of the Month

Jasmine is one of our hardest working actresses. Her first show with Anchorless was High School Musical, and she will be in our next show, Matilda. Jasmine enjoys all aspects of theatre, especially dancing and acting with her fellow cast members. She brings energy and dedication to each production, showing great talent and appreciation for acting, singing, and dancing.

 

Outside of Anchorless, Jasmine attends Straight Up Abilities Dance Classes and TYA Social Skills class, and she loves singing and dancing in her free time. Jasmine has a kind heart and likes to help others. She also enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her cousins.

Ava Ford

Volunteer of the Month

Ava is a Freshman at Mira Costa High School. She loves performing in plays and musicals through the Costa Drama Department and other local production companies. Some of Ava’s hobbies include traveling, skiing, and dancing. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. 


Ava made her Anchorless debut in Frozen. She made new friends in the process and enjoyed getting to know her cast mates while practicing scenes. Through Anchorless, Ava learned the importance of embracing the obstacles thrown at you; despite the challenges of a virtual show, she had a lot of fun and helped put on a great performance.

March 2021

Ian Shitabata

Student of the Month

Ian attends Palos Verdes High School, where he's a part of the Friendship Club and the Upvoice Reading Club. When he's not doing schoolwork or participating in his other extracurriculars, he can be found listening to music or playing Mario Kart on his Wii.

Ian's first show with us was Frozen KIDS. His favorite part of the process was reading his script and practicing his lines. He enjoyed practicing the scenes and dances during rehearsals and always made sure to give us feedback and express enthusiasm in the Zoom chat.

Hope Craig

Volunteer of the Month

This is Hope's first school year as a member of the Anchorless family, and she has become very involved. She joined the cast of Frozen KIDS and taught and volunteered at several drama classes. We're excited that she's back as a member of the Tech Crew for Matilda The Musical JR. Her volunteer work with us is best characterized through her positive energy and focus.

Hope is a sophomore at Vistamar School. She's a part of her school's theatre and Mock Trial programs. She also takes contemporary, ballet, and tap dance classes. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and watching YouTube.

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February 2021

Madysen Fleck

Student of the Month

Madysen is a student at Miraleste Intermediate School. She is involved in Girl Scouts and Friendship Foundation programs. She also likes to play football, basketball, and baseball. Some of her other interests include playing games with her friends and family, biking, cooking, dancing, and especially going to Disneyland. One of her most admired qualities is the effort she puts into things she's passionate about.

 

Madysen is making her Anchorless debut playing Anna in Frozen. Her favorite part of our programs is participating in group activities in breakout rooms so she can meet new people. Madysen asks helpful questions and brings positive energy and enthusiasm to rehearsals.

Andrew Feidler

Volunteer of the Month

 

Andrew is a junior at Mira Costa High School. He participates in Model United Nations conferences, where he debates international issues. He's also a part of Amigos Unidos, a volunteer group for high schoolers in the South Bay. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, and going to the beach.

Andrew has kicked off his Anchorless career as a performance volunteer in Frozen, and he's also planning on joining the cast of Matilda later this spring. Through his time with us so far, he's felt accomplished by giving back to his community, and he's had a great time making new friends and memories. His favorite part of rehearsal is spending time with his buddy in a breakout room to socialize and practice lines.

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January 2021

Jessica Streich

Student of the Month

Jessica played Simba in the The Lion King KIDS and Matilda in Willy Wonka KIDS. She's looking forward to starring in Frozen KIDS next month as Olaf. Anchorless is like a family for Jessica, supporting her through thick and thin. She enjoys each part of the production process, from memorizing her lines to getting onstage to do her scenes. She also likes helping her fellow cast mates in studying their lines and practicing the dances.

Outside of Anchorless, Jessica participates in programs at The Friendship Foundation and Social Vocational Services. She also likes to play video games and color in her spare time. Around friends, she's always kind and engaged.

William Kiely

Volunteer of the Month

William is a current freshman at Mira Costa High School, where he's a part of the Model United Nations, Mock Trial, and Moot Court programs. In his free time, he likes to read, play board games, and golf.

 

William's first show with Anchorless is Frozen KIDS. Through his participation with Anchorless, he has made new friends and has gotten to know many of his peers. He enjoys learning new dances and playing theatre games alongside the students.

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December 2020

Griffin Ephraim

Student of the Month

Griffin is best known for his sense of humor and positive energy. He loves swimming, writing, animating, and playing music on his keyboard. In his free time, he also likes to research trivia and visit Disneyland theme parks.

Griffin works hard to memorize all of his lines and learn the choreography for the dance numbers. Last year in Willy Wonka, he starred as Mr. Bucket, and he's looking forward to performing in Frozen KIDS as Hans. Through his involvement with Anchorless, Griffin has found a sense of belonging by connecting with the members of our group while developing a new passion: acting. 

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Jaqueline Tran

Volunteer of the Month

Jacqueline has recently joined the Anchorless family as a performance volunteer in Frozen KIDS. She also regularly attends our Saturday drama classes to participate, lead breakout rooms, and occasionally co-teach. Her favorite aspect of Anchorless is staying in touch with new and old friends and seeing them grow through theatre.

Jacqueline is a freshman at the University of Southern California. Outside of school and Anchorless, she can be seen volunteering at programs run by The Friendship Foundation and knitting.

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November 2020

Erin Pawlowski

Student of the Month

Erin is one of our most expressive and avid students. She has previously been a cast member in Beauty and the Beast and Willy Wonka KIDS, and she's currently involved in Frozen KIDS and our Saturday drama class program.

Erin also participates in programs at The Friendship Foundation and Golden Heart Ranch. Some of her hobbies include swimming, dancing, and playing sports such as karate. She's also very friendly and approachable and loves to spend time with her friends and family.

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Jacob Pascover

Volunteer of the Month

Jacob is one of our newest Anchorless volunteers, and his debut show with us will be Frozen KIDS in February. He has already been placed in leadership positions, including teaching a Saturday drama class, guiding students to complete a scripting exercise in a breakout room, and leading his fellow cast members in practicing one of the dance numbers during a Frozen rehearsal. He's very enthusiastic and contributes to the fun and lighthearted Anchorless environment we strive to create.

Jacob participates in theatre at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School as well. He's a member of the Comedy Sportz team there and has been a cast member in some of their productions. In his free time, he can be seen playing video games and watching movies.

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October 2020

Andrew Mathews

Student of the Month

Andrew is a part of the Adult Program in Mychal's Learning Place and is involved with their fencing, softball, and bowling teams. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He's very friendly and loves to tell jokes.

He has been a cast member in two of our previous shows: Aladdin KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS. He always comes to rehearsal ready to put forth his best effort. His favorite part of the production process is being assigned a new role to learn.

Garrett Nose

Volunteer of the Month

Garrett is a fairly new member of the Anchorless family. He serves on the Executive Board as our Chief Financial Officer, and is a performance volunteer in Frozen KIDS. His past experience with volunteering and finance, coupled with his cooperative and hardworking attitude, makes him an excellent addition to our team.

Outside of Anchorless, Garrett enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. He's also a part of the Mira Costa High School golf program, and he's currently captain of the Junior Varsity team. In addition, he has a passion for politics, being involved in his school's Model United Nations program and Political Debate Club.

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September 2020

Casey Rohrer

Student of the Month

Casey has been involved in each one of our fall productions with The Friendship Foundation. He is a very positive and uplifting cast member.

Casey has an interest in the arts and storytelling beyond the musicals he's done with Anchorless. He has written many stories and plays, is training to become a comedian, enjoys visiting theaters, and has starred in local musicals like Once Upon a Mattress.

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Katie Cottle

Volunteer of the Month

Again this month, we're spotlighting an alumna volunteer. Katie was one of our most longstanding volunteers. She was a part of the cast in several Anchorless shows, such as Aladdin KIDSThe Jungle Book KIDSThe Lion King KIDS, and High School Musical, Jr. Her favorite part of the rehearsal process is supporting the students in learning the dance numbers.

Katie does other volunteer work outside of our organization, including reading to kindergarteners and caring for preschoolers. Currently, she's a freshman at the University of Missouri.

August 2020

Gregory Sadaris

Student of the Month

Gregory is one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated students. He has been in two of our productions, starring as The Genie in Aladdin and as Baloo in The Jungle Book. He is always engaged in rehearsals, and he loves getting to know his fellow cast members.

Gregory attends school at Larch Village. He is also involved in a number of activities through Mychal's Learning Place and is known for his friendly and outgoing personality. In his free time, Gregory enjoys listening to music.

Flor Rodriguez

Volunteer of the Month

Flor has been involved in four of our shows with Mychal's, both as a cast member and as a member of the crew. She‘s a friendly and patient cast member, and she’s also a natural leader. Flor's favorite part of Anchorless is playing theatre games at the beginning of rehearsals because she loves to see everyone laughing and having fun.

Outside of Anchorless, Flor is a student at Santa Monica Community College. In her free time, she enjoys coloring and painting. She also loves singing and baking.

July 2020

Siena Mehta

Student of the Month

Siena is one of our newest Friendship Foundation students. Last fall, she starred in Willy Wonka as both the Candy Man and Wonka. She has demonstrated her commitment in many ways: she has asked relevant questions about stage direction during rehearsal, she answers questions given to the class and is always engaged, and she's always eager to kick off every rehearsal.

In her free time, Siena can be found watching movies, spending time with friends, or doing puzzles. She participates in other extracurricular classes outside Anchorless including horseback riding, swim, and dance. She attends Redondo Union High School.

Elizabeth Goldman

Volunteer of the Month

Elizabeth attends Mira Costa High School and plays for the school's lacrosse team. Outside of school, she is usually a part of 1-2 musical productions. She loves going to the beach, training and playing with her dogs, and reading.

Elizabeth has been involved with two of Anchorless' musicals, both of which were at Mychal's Learning Place. In Jungle Book, she was in the main dance numbers, and she helped behind the scenes with sound and set changes. In High School Musical, she played a cheerleader and a teacher.

June 2020

Robert Smith

Student of the Month

Robert, who has been a cast member in all three shows we've done at Mychal's Learning Place, is a loving and focused student of ours. Not only is he a strong actor, but he's also a leader in rehearsal. He created one of the theatre games we commonly play at Anchorless to kick off rehearsals called "Robert's Game" in which participants go through the five stages of grief in different improv scenes.

Outside of Anchorless, Robert is known as a funny yet focused individual. He enjoys spending time with friends in his free time. He also watches superhero movies for entertainment and also to learn from professional actors.

Aaron Henschel

Volunteer of the Month

Aaron, one of our younger volunteers who attends Manhattan Beach Middle School, is a kind and admired individual. When he's not at an Anchorless rehearsal, he can be found playing baseball or basketball or spending time with friends and family. In addition, he's involved with his school's theatre department.

Through his work with our organization, Aaron has developed a better understanding of the special needs community. He prides himself in forming connections with other cast members.

May 2020

Payton Pascover

Student of the Month

Payton is one of our most dedicated students. She's starred in all three productions we've done with Friendship Foundation, and she is always enthusiastic about helping and getting to know the volunteers. She even encouraged her friends to join our drama class after her first production, Lion King.

Outside of school, Payton also participates in dance, karate, hip hop, and music classes with Ready Willing and Able. She enjoys seeing friends, playing sports, and horseback riding.

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Holden Friedrich

Volunteer of the Month

Holden, a committed member of the Anchorless family, has been a part of the cast in our last two shows with Friendship Foundation. His hard work ethic and sense of humor make him a well-respected and well-liked cast member. His favorite part of the Anchorless experience is playing theatre games with the kids during rehearsal — Zip-Zap-Zop is his favorite.

Holden attends Mira Costa High School and is a part of the Model United Nations and MAC Rowing programs. In his free time, he can be found playing video games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

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April 2020

Joe Newman

Student of the Month

Joe is best characterized by his positive and energetic attitude. Outside the productions he does with Anchorless, he's a student at Mira Costa High School, and he enjoys playing sports and games in his free time. 

Joe has been a cast member in our last two productions with Friendship Foundation. In our most recent one, Willy Wonka, he played the role of Charlie Bucket. Like most of our students, he discovered theatre for the first time through Anchorless and has developed a passion for it. Not only is he a hardworking and committed actor, but he's also very talented and entertaining to watch on stage.

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Frankie Kraus

Volunteer of the Month

Don't let their reserved demeanor fool you – Frankie is one of our most on-top-of-it, supportive volunteers. Because he did such a superb job in his first production with us, Beauty and the Beast, we decided to pair them up with the lead for our latest show, Willy Wonka. The kids at Friendship Foundation look up to them.

Besides Anchorless, Frankie is a student at Mira Costa High School, where they're involved with the Drama/Tech Department. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with friends.

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