Rika has recently made a Broadway debut as Young Nala in The Lion King! Her professional stage career started with the role of Princess Ying Yaowalak in Marriott Theatre’s 2014 production of The King and I. Other local credits include her appearance in Lyric Opera’s The King and I, Theatre at the Center’s Annie Warbucks, and Griffin Theatre’s Balm in the Gilead. Rika is a former member of Lookingglass Theatre’s Young Ensemble. She has also appeared in Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She loves to sing, act, and dance, and has been trained in voice, acting, ballet, tap, hip hop, tumbling, gymnastics, piano, and figure skating at various schools and workshops, such as Broadway Dance Center, Broadway Artists Alliance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Ruth Page Center for The Arts. She has strong passion and exceptionally skilled hands for arts and crafts, particularly origami, and her art pieces have been selected for prizes and exhibitions. Since she was born in the US and lived in Japan for almost three years, she is a native speaker of both English and Japanese, and she enjoys both the western and eastern cultures.