Dancer and actress Madi Rae DiPietro, flew off to NYC to begin rehearsals for the Broadway classic “ANNIE” in which she plays one of the orphans, July. Over 5,000 girls auditioned for only 8 roles and Madi Rae emerged successful from the huge group of hopefuls.

Francine Garton, owner and principle of the Royal Dance Academy, has taught Madi Rae for the past 11 years and believes she has what it takes to be a successful actress and dancer. “You just know when someone has the ‘X factor’ and has been born with the gift to be on stage,” said Miss Francine.

Madi Rae performed at the La Jolla play house last year in “Little Miss Sunshine” and has had numerous other roles on stage and in advertisements for TV. She has a year contract, August to August, and will perform 8 shows per week at the Palace Theatre in New York.