Stepping Out

Los Altos teen in cast of Foothill's 'Bullets'

Los Altos resident Annika Diekgers plays a supporting role in Foothill Music Theatre’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

Set in the Roaring Twenties, the musical comedy centers on a young playwright dealing with his producer – a mob boss who wants to cast his girlfriend in the show.

The 16-year-old Diekgers described “Bullets Over Broadway” as a “hilarious musical” with “dancing gangsters and scenes in nightclubs, and all kinds of complications.” She plays an Atta-girl – one of the nightclub performers – along with a few other supporting characters.

To prepare for the musical, which opened Feb. 28 at Foothill College, Diekgers said she rehearsed with the cast several hours a week and spent additional time reviewing lines, songs and dances on her own.

“Being involved with musical theater and acting has definitely made it challenging to keep up with my courses and workload,” said Diekgers, who takes classes at Foothill instead of Los Altos High School, “but it has also helped me learn to manage my time better.”

Diekgers delved into acting at age 5, prompted by her friend’s performance in an elementary school play.

“I saw my best friend on stage in ‘The Sound of Music’ and got jealous that she got to be on stage and I didn’t,” she said. “So I went home and told my parents, ‘I want to do that,’ and they had me audition for the next school production, ‘Peter Pan,’ in which I made my theatrical debut as a fairy.”

Diekgers has since performed in several plays, including two community theater productions last year. She played Natalie in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Distracted” and portrayed Wednesday Addams in the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “The Addams Family.” She said her character in “Distracted” was “extremely complex” and her “Addams Family” role “was one of the most meaningful experiences of my acting career.”

Diekgers plans to major in musical theater at a four-year college and aspires to be on Broadway one day.

“I truly think that theater and acting are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” she said, “and I am so lucky to have had so many opportunities to share my talents.”

“Bullets Over Broadway” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $12-$36; parking is $3.

For tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit

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