The lead role of Molly McIntire is played by 12-year-old Canadian Maya Ritter. Maya got hooked on acting when she played Miss Hannigan in her sixth-grade production of Annie Jr. She played Zoe on Disney Channel’s Disney Bumpers and has also appeared in many television commercials. Maya’s film credits include Finn’s Girl and Upanishads. When she’s not acting, Maya loves to hang out with friends, listen to music, practice guitar, and do karate. She also designs and crafts fairy people to give to her close friends and family.
Twelve-year-old Tory Green plays Molly’s English friend, Emily Bennett. A born performer, Tory started singing and acting at the age of 5, and by age 8 had sung the national anthem in front of 22,000 people at a Dallas Stars hockey game. Tory has acted in several commercials, and as a member of Barney’s Colorful World stage tour, she traveled across the United States and into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, performing seven shows a week for over a year. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Tory now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her parents and older brother and sister.
Molly Ringwald stars as Molly’s mother, Mrs. Helen McIntire. Ms. Ringwald has been seen most recently on the stage in the off-Broadway production Modern Orthodox, the London production of When Harry Met Sally, and the Tony-nominated production Enchanted April. She has also appeared off-Broadway in Tick Tick Boom and on Broadway, playing the legendary “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret. Ms. Ringwald recently wrapped a television movie The Big Time. Her recent film credits include In the Weeds, Cowboy Up, and the Australian film Cut. She began her film career at the age of 13 in Paul Mazursky’s The Tempest, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She also starred in a number of well-loved coming-of-age movies, including Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. In 1992, Ms. Ringwald moved to Paris and acted in such foreign films as Seven Sundays and Jean-Luc Goddard’s King Lear. Her television credits include the series Townies, Stephen King’s The Stand, and the Emmy-nominated Allison Gertz Story. Ms. Ringwald will next star in a national theater tour of Sweet Charity launching in September 2006.
Dr. James McIntire is played by David Aaron Baker. Most recently, Mr. Baker has appeared in TV shows such as CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and Criminal Minds. Mr. Baker was also in Disney’s The Music Man with Matthew Broderick, playing Marcellus Washburn—Buddy Hackett’s role in the original 1962 film. The multi-talented actor has taken the stage in such Broadway shows as A Raisin in the Sun and The Rainmaker and played the Prince opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in Once Upon a Mattress. Mr. Baker recently completed the film The Hoax with Richard Gere.
David Aaron Baker
Genevieve Farrell plays Molly’s older sister, Jill McIntire. Her acting career began at age 9 when she appeared in a McDonald’s commercial. She went on to become a series regular on the PBS children’s show Zoboomafoo. She recently completed her high school studies in Europe, and hopes to act while studying at the University of Southern California. In her free time, Genevieve is also passionate about gymnastics, dance, swimming, piano, yoga, and singing.
Molly’s older brother, Ricky McIntire, is played by 13-year-old Andrew Chalmers. For the past two years, Andrew has been a part of the Discovery Kids family show Darcy’s Wild Life, which was nominated by the Young Artist Foundation for 2005’s best family comedy series. Andrew and his fellow Darcy’s Wild Life cast members were also nominated for the 2006 best ensemble performance in a TV series. Among Andrew’s favorite activities are golf, basketball, and tennis, and he competes in many sports, such as karate and soccer.
The McIntires’ housekeeper, Mrs. Gilford, is played by Sarah Orenstein. Ms. Orenstein has appeared extensively onstage throughout Canada and in 2004 received the Ottawa Critics Circle Award for best actress for her performance in A Doll’s House. She also was presented with the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best actress in 1998 for her role as Sarah in Patience. Her numerous TV performances include Mayday and Blue Murder.
Sarah Manninen plays Molly’s third-grade teacher, Miss Campbell. Currently, Ms. Manninen is working on the film Touch the Top of the World. A graduate of George Brown Theater School, she has appeared in the television shows Naked Josh and Mayday, in movies such as The Prince and Me, and in numerous stage productions.
Samantha Wilson, who is 11 years old, plays Molly’s practical best friend, Linda Rinaldi. Samantha is an experienced singer and was a soloist in One Song Glory and A Celebration of Children, among other productions. She has also performed in The Wiz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Eleven-year-old Hannah Fleming plays Molly’s cheerful best friend, Susan Shapiro. Hannah has appeared in commercials, film, and television and has trained with the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Martha Hicks School of Ballet.
Molly’s school friend Alison Hargate is played by 12-year-old Josette Halpert. This is Josette’s first film. Before she began acting, Josette’s passion was dance, but now she dreams of doing more acting. She excels in jazz and ballet and is also a junior-level figure skater.
Eliza-Jane Scott plays Molly’s dance teacher, Miss LaVonda. Ms. Scott has performed in plays across Canada and in film and television. The popular Toronto singer/songwriter released her debut album, Scott’s Emulsion, in 2003.
Molly’s Aunt Eleanor is played by Amy Stewart. Ms. Stewart’s film credits include Disney’s Ice Princess and The Prince and Me. She has also appeared in television and theater and is a 2000 graduate of the National Theatre School.
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