ANIKA LORE HATCH Age 7. Role: Gretl, 5.

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Anika is from Tuc­son, and she is trilin­gual: English, Span­ish and Ger­man. “My dad served on mis­sion in Ar­gentina, so I just spoke it,” she ex­plains. “And my mom’s mom is from Ger­many. I learned so I could speak to my cousins in Ger­many.”

On tour, she en­joyed Sacra­mento for a rea­son that any Tuc­sonite would ap­pre­ci­ate. “Sacra­mento is the city of trees,” she says, “and we don’t get that many trees.”

Tour­ing is fun, although, Anika says, “it’s hard not to get sick, if you’re in airports and ho­tels and all over.” Pro tip: “I just wash my hands all the time.”

She played Gretl when she was 4 in a “Sound of Mu­sic” at the high school where her fa­ther teaches. Ask about her fa­vorite the­ater, and she says: “I like this one. It’s re­ally pretty, and there’s a lot of space. When they’re older, it’s re­ally small back­stage.”

What she likes about tour­ing: “That I get to travel all over. I would never think that I would ac­tu­ally go to Canada, or here.” Also, “That I get to make peo­ple happy.”

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