Luanda Lia de Hilster is an American musical theater actress who grew up in the Los Angeles area surrounded by thundering samba drums, colorful Brazilian costumes, and samba dancers.
Half Brazilian, half American, Luanda started dancing, singing, and acting at a very early age singing her first concert at age 4 (see her 4 year-old and 5 year old recitals). By age 6, she was belting and doing improv and her talent was obvious. During elementary school she participated in several singing and music groups but mainly performed at home.
Moving to Boca Raton Florida with her family in 2014, Luanda entered her first drama club production in the sixth grade in 2016 landing the principle role of the Sour Kangaroo in “Seussical the Musical” given her powerful voice. In her first role, Luanda was compared to a young Bette Midler and Janis Joplin by audience and faculty members (see highlights of her performance here).
In 2017, Luanda as a 7th grader landed the the principal role of Mrs. McAfee in the musical “Bye-Bye-Birdie” and despite being in the 7th Grade, was elected president of the drama club by all drama club members. She also performed a solo musical act singing Disney’s Aladdin song “Friend Like Me” (see her performance here).
In 2018 as an 8th grader, Luanda landed one of the lead roles in the Little Mermaid as “Sebastian”. She also auditioned (see her audition here) for the new Junior Thespian Competition Troupe at Boca Raton Middle School where she became the only member of the troupe to medal at the District and State Competitions in all three modalities in which she participated including three superior ratings and three excellent ratings in Musical Solo, Large Group Musical, and Duet Acting. In 2018, Luanda also took up the ukulele. And for a second year, Luanda was elected president by her peers, this time Co-President of Thespian Troupe #88493.
In April or 2019, she landed the part of Alexi Darling and was part of the ensemble of a mostly adult cast in “Rent”, the student edition. In the summer of 2019 Luanda was asked to be a student counselor at the theater summer camp at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in downtown Boca.
In her freshman year at Boca High, Luanda was invited to the advanced theater 2 class normally reserved for upper classmen. She will be taking musical theater 1 and also be taking part in teen and adult theater productions at Showtime where she will continue her training in singing, dance, and acting. Luanda also landed the role of Heather McNamara in the all adult/teen musical “Heathers” at Showtime Theatre.
Luanda’s goal is to be a professional theater actress and singer and would like to attend Julliard School for the Arts in New York City and take part in broadway productions.
Click here for Luanda’s Resume.
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