Anna Howe will play the role of Mary Lennox in Arts Express’ production of “The Secret Garden,” March 22-31 at the Berger Performing Arts Center. Howe, a sixth-grader at Orange Grove Middle School, is a former Tucson Hebrew Academy student. Howe began performing with Kids Unlimited when she was in preschool. This summer, she attended Stagedoor Manor camp in Loch Sheldrake, New York, where her performance as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins made her the youngest actress to win “Best Actress in a Major Musical,” and landed her a New York City manager and an audition for “Frozen” on Broadway. Anna has eosinophilic esophagitis, and in 2017, she won the “Breaking Barriers” national essay contest through Major League Baseball and Scholastic. Anna also frequently sings the national anthem for the University of Arizona baseball and women’s basketball games.
Alma Hernandez is one of 10 women featured in the #ShareHerStory initiative by the Jewish Multiracial Network, Jewish Women’s Archive, and Repair the World. This year, the Purim-inspired campaign is focusing on modern day Jewish women of color, indigenous, Mizrahi and Sephardi women. Hernandez, a Tucsonan, is highlighted as the first Jewish Latina lawmaker elected to the Arizona legislature. To read the stories, visit www.werepair.org/purim.