Mikaela Freitas, 9, loves to sing, dance, and perform.
“I enjoy singing because it makes me happy and others happy, and sometimes when I sing, it makes people cry, but I just don’t know why,” she said.
The fourth-grader at Christian Academy says she started singing at age 2.
“I just sang wherever I went. Sometimes people would record me on their phones, sometimes give me money or a gift card if I sang at a restaurant. One time I sang at a popular ice cream shop, and the manager, he gave the whole family free ice cream,” said Freitas.
Freitas has performed with Pacific Academy of the Performing Arts (PAPA) and New Hope’s Youth Performing Academy Center (YPAC) for the past three years.
She won first place in the elementary female vocalist division at this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom, and dreams of one day competing on a national singing show. “I want to use my talents for Jesus,” she said.
Freitas will be in the upcoming production of “Hairspray,” which debuts Friday, July 20, at Hawaii Theatre and runs through Sunday, July 29.