A 15-year-old girl from CYT Richmond is making strides on-stage and off.
Annika Wooton has worked backstage, offering hair and stage make-up artistry for countless Christian Youth Theater shows. She also happens to be the reigning Miss Apple Blossom Outstanding Teen of 2010, with plans of attending college in New York City (majoring in visual arts), and studying abroad in Paris. CYT has helped her with confidence and plenty more. “Through improv exercises, I can come up with spontaneous answers for interview that are pleasant to listen to and actually make sense,” says Annika.
What are the latest shows you have helped CYT Richmond with?
I’ve been in the makeup/hair room for Oliver, Narnia, Willy Wonka, and Wizard of Oz. Rehersals for Cinderella are about to start up and I’m going to actually be onstage for this one. 😉
Can you explain a little of what you do backstage at CYT?
I’m in the sweltering makeup and hair room. The first show I was back there was for Oliver and I only did hair. But I got really into the makeup for Narnia with all the animals! I’m an artist, so coming up with the textures for the fur and feathers of the creatures of Narnia was insanely amazing. I helped out Mrs. Rawlings (our queen-bee of the makeup room) with a lot of the complicated faces of the show and had the time of my life. I even got to do Aslan’s makeup for a few shows! For Cinderella, I’m sure that even though I’m in the show, I’ll be helping out in the makeup room whereever I’m needed when I’m not needed on stage.
Do you ever plan to be ‘on stage’ with CYT or elsewhere?
I do- I just got back into the swing of things with Cinderella, our winter show. It’s my first time back on stage with CYT since Charlotte’s Web which was May of 2007. I sing on the praise team at church and am involved in dramatic readings and theatrical productions there, as well.
You are a passionate girl; tell us about the platform on which your crown resides.
The Miss America crown has four points and they all stand for different things: Scholarship, Style, Service, and Success. My platform is the African Well Fund. Ten thousand children die every morning just because they don’t have access to basic things like food, water, or shelter. We have access to so much! We don’t have to worry if the next sip of water we take will kill us or not. I found out that it would only cost $10,000 to build three fresh-water wells in Africa. I started a program called “Spare Your Change, Spare a Life”. I made my goal 10,000 dollars and so far I’m halfway there!
Penny by penny, drop by drop, I’m reaching my goal and giving the gift of life to hundreds of people. Our change is worth more in the world than it is in our pockets and little by little, I am truly making a difference.
You can read more about Annika and her platform, the African Well Fund, here.