SARASOTA — Nine-year-old Hannah Beatt will be princess for a day on Broadway this Saturday.
The Sarasota resident won the chance to play “Young Fiona” in “Shrek, the Musical” beside Tony Award-winning Sutton Foster, who plays the older version of the princess.
“I think that’s amazing,” said an elated Hannah, a fourth-grader at Goldie Feldman Academy.
She entered the “Not Your Ordinary Princess” video competition hosted on Nick.com. Finalists in the contest had their entries viewed by the show’s casting department, director, lyricist and Foster.
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Besides Hannah, Laura Laureano of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., was chosen to play “Teen Fiona.”
Hannah has been in only a handful of shows locally, including last season’s “Music Man” at the Manatee Players.
The budding actress, who loves to talk about her amateur career, is a big Shrek fan.
“I’ve seen it many times,” said Hannah, who adores Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey. “Donkey — he’s just plain funny.”
With the opportunity to be the princess on stage — singing a solo/duet with the other princesses and another song with the cast at the end of the show — Hannah said she is a little nervous about performing. But it was hard to spot the nervousness in her.
Her mom, Danielle, said Hannah has never been one to be shy. It was her acting coach Cynthia Howe Ashford, director of Sarasota’s Spotlight Kids — a musical theater troupe for ages 5-16 — who encouraged her to enter the contest.
Ashford filmed the entry, which had Hannah dressed as Fiona sitting on a windowsill. She was surrounded by dolls singing “I Know It’s Today” from the musical.
Hannah is the second member of Spotlight Kids to grab the theater world’s attention. Jordan Boezem, 10, also of Sarasota, recently landed the role of July in the national tour of “Annie.”
It seems both their dreams are coming true. “(Hannah) has for many years said she’s going to be an actor and singer,” said her mom. “She’s loved the theater since she was a little girl. I do think she’s going to pursue that.”
January Holmes, features writer, can be reached at 745-7057.