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.

Francie Kraus

Volunteer of the Month

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

Besides Anchorless, Francie is a student at Mira Costa High School, where she's involved with the Drama/Tech Department. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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