Fishers resident Christina Canaday to appear in ‘Les Mis’

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Christina Canaday, who plays Cosette, and Connor Cleary, from Roncalli High School, who plays Marius, sing “A Heart Full of Love.” (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

Christina Canaday started acting when she was 11.

“I loved it ever since,” Canaday said.

The 18-year-old Fishers resident said she can feel the rush when she takes the stage.

“I get real excited and my adrenaline is way up,” Canaday said. “I love the people I get to work with. It’s a great environment. Everyone is encouraging. It’s one big family and I love it. Being on stage with them makes it even more special.”

Canaday is playing Cosette in Agape Performing Arts Company’s production of  “Les Miserables” April 6 to 9 at McGowan Hall, 1305 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. This is the third show from Agape, a new performing arts group based in Greenwood.

“The role itself isn’t challenging in terms of the person that I’m portraying, but the music is definitely challenging,” Canaday said. “It’s really stretched me in terms of my singing. It’s been a lot of fun. Cosette is actually my second dream role. My first is Christine from ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’  We’ll see if that will ever happen.”

Prior to that, Canaday, who was homeschooled and graduated high school in 2016, performed at the Center Grove Fine Arts Academy and Christian Youth Theater.

Another of Canaday’s favorite roles was portraying Glinda the Good Witch in the Center Grove Fine Arts Academy’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Canaday previously performed with the Hancock County Children’s Choir under the director of Gayle Roschi, who also has worked with Canaday with private lessons.

Canaday, who serves as a nanny for an infant, also does some cake decorating, crocheting and photography.

The performances are 7:30 p.m. April 6, 7 and 8 and 3:30 p.m. April 9. The show’s understudies appear in a 1 p.m. performance at April 7. For more, visit