Speak­ing up for Dora the pop­u­lar ex­plorer

Herald Sun - Switched On - - News - BRUCE SHIP­KOWSKI

WHEN this 12-year-old talks, mil­lions of preschool­ers around the world lis­ten. All Caitlin Sanchez needs to say is ‘‘Swiper, no swip­ing!’’ Or to sum­mon the pow­ers of her mag­i­cal back­pack.

Sanchez is the new voice of Dora the Ex­plorer, one of the world’s most pop­u­lar car­toons for preschool­ers.

She has al­ways en­joyed mu­sic and act­ing, but never ex­pected to be talk­ing to Boots the Mon­key, Swiper the Fox, The Map and other char­ac­ters who ap­pear reg­u­larly on Dora’s car­toon ad­ven­tures.

‘‘When my mother called me on the phone and told me I got (the part), I re­ally didn’t be­lieve it at first,’’ Sanchez says.

It’s the first cast change in Dora’s voice since the Nick Jr chan­nel show made its de­but in 2000. The orig­i­nal voice of Dora, Kath­leen Her­les, is now 17 and in col­lege.

The show is broad­cast world­wide and trans­lated in 24 lan­guages.

The seven-year-old Latina heroine and her an­i­mal friends take their au­di­ence along on their quests in an imag­i­na­tive, trop­i­cal world filled with jun­gles, beaches and rain­forests. Dur­ing their trav­els, they ask their au­di­ence to help them solve the var­i­ous prob­lems they en­counter.

Sanchez, who has been act­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for nearly five years, does the English and Span­ish-speak­ing parts for Dora.

She has long been a fan of Dora, and feels hon­oured to be a part of the show.

‘‘Dora re­ally is an in­ter­na­tional icon to preschool­ers and a re­ally good role model, so it’s neat to see how she has spread across the globe and be­come so pop­u­lar,’’ Sanchez says.

Get­ting the role wasn’t an easy task for Sanchez.

‘‘I was kind of ner­vous about try­ing out and ev­ery­thing, but I be­lieve you should be con­fi­dent in ev­ery­thing you do and if you fol­low your dreams and be pos­i­tive, you can do any­thing you want,’’ she says.

Sanchez, a self-taught mu­si­cian who loves to play jazz pi­ano, sees her work on Dora as an­other step to­ward reach­ing her dreams.

For now, that in­cludes at­tend­ing a pres­ti­gious school such as The Juil­liard School, though she re­alises she might change her mind.

‘‘I know I can be any­thing I want, and my par­ents have al­ways en­cour­aged me to be the best I can be and to en­joy my­self, so that’s what I try to do,’’ she says.

New star:

kids’ star Dora has a new voice.

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