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Heat’s ‘Star Spangled Banner’ good-luck charm, Julia Dale, stars in ‘Ruthless’ at Miracle Theatre


If you go

What: “Ruthless! The Musical”

Where: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

When: The play starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 3. Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with matinees at 3 p.m. Sundays. A special weekday matinee will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 16.

Cost: Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $35. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, $48. There is a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rate, 15 minutes prior to curtain with proper identification.

Visit or call 305-444-9293.

South Florida News Service

When Julia Dale was 10, she belted out the The Star Spangled Banner at the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.

Over the next two years, she sang the national anthem at the home games of the Heat’s championship series, earning her the title of the team’s good-luck charm.

Now, Dale, 12, is adding professional actress to her credits, as she makes her regional theater debut in Ruthless! The Musical at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The show opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“I am excited to be part of this play and show the audience Tina, a little girl that would do anything to do what she loves,” said Dale, with a high ponytail, a big bow, a little skirt, ruffled lace socks and tap shoes she uses to rehearse her part as Tina Denmark, a song-and-dance third grader and the main character of the production.

Dale is a seventh grader at Indian Ridge Middle School in Davie. After school, she heads to rehearsals.

She said she hopes to continue pursuing her dream of being a performer, whether it’s through singing, dancing or acting. Prior to Actors’ Playhouse, she starred in Annie and Madeline’s Christmas for The Performance Project Theater Co., and played Grizabella in Cats.

“I definitely plan to do a lot while I’m here in this world,” Dale said. “I plan to do theatre, be on TV and sing professionally, basically anything that has to do with performing.”

David Arisco, artistic director of Actors’ Playhouse for the past 26 years, said casting is key.

“I asked myself how you pull off this show without a young star-to-be in the role of adorable, devilish Tina Denmark,” Arisco said. “Well, then came along Julia Dale singing the national anthem during the Miami Heat championship series, and we found our star. Add five virtuoso, comedic and singing adult actors, and you’ve got the funniest play you’ll ever see.’’

Amy Miller Brennan, a theatre teacher at American Heritage School’s Boca Delray campus, plays Judy Denmark, Tina Denmark’s mother, who suffers from multiple personality disorder.

“I just couldn’t pass on this role about a woman who discovered something about herself and then fulfills that, and then realizes maybe she longs for what she had,” said Brennan, who is both an actress and full-time teacher.

The play has a variety of songs, including “Born to Entertain,” which will be sung by Dale, “I Hate Musicals” and “It Will Never Be That Way Again.”

After witnessing the explosion of reality TV, Arisco was inspired to bring “Ruthless! The Musical” to South Florida, to mock the entertainment industry and parents who would do anything to have a child star.

“After hearing last year that ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and ‘Dance Moms’ were taking over the television universe, all I could think of was doing the funniest, craziest, inside show-biz musical I’ve ever seen, ‘Ruthless! The Musical,’ ” Arisco chuckled.

Dale agrees.

“The audience will definitely be at the edge of their seats,” she said.

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