Annie again: Issaquah girl’s latest acting gig is voice for ‘Magic Tree House’

February 8, 2011

Emily Rudolph records the voice for Annie, a character from the ‘Magic Tree House’ book series. By Cricket Moon Media

Jack and Annie climbed into their magic tree house and pointed at a book. As in all of the “Magic Tree House” stories, the book they chose sped them through time and space.

Random House Children’s Books brought the series to life with its Magic Tree House website, where a spunky Annie and eager Jack quiz readers about their historical, out-of-this-world adventures.

Issaquah Middle School sixth-grader Emily Rudolph knows the website well — she does the voice for Annie, guiding participants through games on the website.

“I’ve been reading ‘Magic Tree House’ since second grade,” she said. “I feel like I can relate to Annie.”

Emily has already recorded twice at Cricket Moon Media in Seattle, and Producer Laura Nash said she looked forward to more sessions with the pint-sized star.

“She just has a really great reading voice,” Nash said. “She is unusually peppy and friendly. She sounds like an all-American kid without trying, which is really hard to do.”

Though new to voice recording, Emily is familiar with show business. In 2007-08, she and her older brother Josh Rudolph played two of the King of Siam’s children in “The King and I” at Village Theatre.

The acting bug bit her. Onstage she could sing, dance and transform herself into another person.

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‘The Wiz’ opens today at Village Theatre

August 1, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2009

Ease on down to “The Wiz.” The production, part of Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock program, opens today at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre.

“The Wiz” features young actors from across the Puget Sound region, including Issaquah, Newcastle, Sammamish and Snoqualmie.

“The Wiz” is a modern, urban adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It takes Dorothy’s story and spices it up with a 1970’s sound, blending rock, soul, gospel and funk.

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Ease on down to see KIDSTAGE’s ‘The Wiz’

July 28, 2009

Keaton Whittaker (left) stars as Dorothy and Sarah Russell is Addaperle, together in a scene from Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of ‘The Wiz.’ Photo by Jean Johnson?Property of Village Theatre.

Keaton Whittaker (left) stars as Dorothy and Sarah Russell is Addaperle, together in a scene from Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of ‘The Wiz.’ Photo by Jean Johnson?Property of Village Theatre.

Much of America grew up on the MGM movie version of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland. Joel Waage wants people to forget what they think they know and rediscover the tale through Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock production of “The Wiz.”

“The challenge is retelling such an iconic story,” said Waage, director of the summer production. “There was so much of the book not in the movie that this is a nice opportunity to invent some things and do-over others.”

“The Wiz” is a modern, urban adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It takes Dorothy’s story and spices it up with a 1970’s sound, blending rock, soul, gospel and Read more