From the early age of 18 months old, when Michelle was reciting dialog from the various cartoons that she watched, her parents knew that they had themselves a winner. Her acting debut came at 3 years old when she starred in the community theater production of a Disney Revue, where she played in 11 different acts including "Fieval," "101 Dalmatians," "Alice in Wonderland's Dancing Cards," "The Three Little Pigs." She continued from that point on with other plays including "Oliver," "A Christmas Carol" (where she played Tiny Tim)" Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Kids Chorus, "Annie" (where she played Molly) and "Gypsy" as "Baby Louise."
Her reputation as an actor lead her to other roles in high school shows at the age of seven years old. She was chosen to play "Little Ti Moune" in the production of "Once On This Island." She grew into roles as her age allowed. In various productions of "Annie," she started out as "Molly" and within a few years had the lead role of "Annie" in 2002.
For the past 6 years, Michelle has been a member of The American Phoenix Children’s Theater that was designed to perform to children with an educational theme. The Repertoire theater performed "Number the Stars" in which Michelle plays the character of "Ellen" a young Jewish girl who lives in Sweden during the German invasion and is shown to various groups of children at The Chicago Museum Of Science and Industry, The Chicago Museum of Natural History, The Lake County Collage, and other schools across the Midwest. They also performed "The Giver" where she portrayed the lead character of "Jonah."
Michelle was also doing extra work in the film industry in Chicago during the early 2000 and 2001 which consists of "Dragonfly" with Kevin Costner and Linda Hunt and "Unconditional Love" starring Kathy Bates and Dan Akkroyd. She also co-starred in the Independent film "Moonlight Drive" by Tony Saucedo and his production crew.
In 2003, Michelle was cast as "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver" at a local theater and continued on with various other stage plays throughout the following years like"Fiddler on the Roof," "Meet Me In St. Louis" and "Children Of Eden" In 2006, at the age of 15 years old, she was cast in the Beverly Hills University Club performance of “Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the lead role of “Cinderella."
Michelle's father, Ray Vanda is a well known musician and music producer in Chicago. Alot of her talent came from the constant contact of musicians and the natural born talent that she inherited. In 2003, they joined there musical talents and began to create their own music. Ray has the ability to create new sounds and Michelle began writing lyrics to some of his recordings.
Ray opened "On Track Recording Studio" in 2000 and has had many different projects come out of studio. Alot of people would ask him if he knew of a female vocalist that would be able to do tracking. Of course, he would have Michelle audition. Every audition has turned into work for her as they all realized a new talent in the making. She has sang lead in various projects like The Winston Tyler Jazz Group's CD "Time For Some Steppin Music"
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