‘Annie’ part of memorable year for Cohen


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It’s only been two years since 9-year-old Sadie Cohen performed in her first production. It was the summer of 2016. At the tender age of 7, Cohen played Mary’s Little Lamb in “The Trial of Goldilocks” at Jr. Civic Theatre.

Sadie Cohen plays the orphan Ruby on stage in “Annie” at Beef & Boards. The Carmel student is in her sixth production in two years (Submitted photo)

And it was just the beginning.

“This past year has been an exciting year for me,” Cohen said. “I was in the Children’s Chorus of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. I then went straight on to be one of the King’s Royal Princesses in ‘The King and I’ at Brebeuf Jesuit (Preparatory School). I was also in the advanced class at Jr. Civic for the ‘Variety Hour Show’ this past spring and we just performed ‘Emoji: The Musical.’ I was so excited to sing the Matilda solo in the ‘Revolting Children’ scene.”

Now, she is on stage in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of “Annie” as one of the orphans, Ruby. The musical runs through July 15.

“I wanted to be in ‘Annie’ because I like trying new experiences and I thought that it would be fun, and I love the

show and the movie,” said Cohen, who was selected as a 15-and-under semifinalist for CarmelFest Has Talent July 3-4.

Why does this soon-to-be fourth-grader at West Clay Elementary School spend so much time in theaters?

“I like performing because I love to sing, act and dance and entertain people,” Cohen said. “It makes me happy and I know it makes other people happy, too.”

That’s not to say there aren’t a few challenges along the way – like dancing.

“I’ve had to work hard at the dancing, but it’s been worth it,” she said, adding her favorite part of the show is the song “Hard Knock Life.”

Her performing career also has included three years with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. But when she’s not on stage, she enjoys arts and crafts, gymnastics, playing piano, swimming and playing with her pets.

“I also love going to museums and doing fun things with my family, like seeing shows or traveling,” Cohen said.

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