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Meet the Voice of Angora the Cat from "Horseland"

Michelle Zacharia, the voice of Angora the Cat

Mishy and Panzn

Mishy and Panzn

The Well-Tempered Artist

Michelle Zacharia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised in Mexico City and Davie, Florida, and was voted "Most Talented" in her class of 500 at Western High School. Michelle is a graduate of the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y), Purchase, New York, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduating, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to join the art department of the newly created, now highly regarded, Blue Barn Theater, known for daring American theater.

My Sister, Angora the Cat

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The voice of Angora the Cat on the television cartoon, "Horseland" (10:30 AM on AOL Kids "Kewlopolis" on CBS Saturday mornings), is my baby sister, Michelle Zacharia. If you've ever watched "Horseland", you know Angora is that precious curmudgeon kitty with the worldly utterings. Trés adorable, n'est pas?

Michelle's handsome companion in the photo is named Panzón, and he used to belong to a neighbor. Mishy fell in love with Panzón and wanted to bring him indoors and her neighbor allowed her to adopt him. The two have appeared in the newspaper in Omaha, Nebraska, where they live and where Panzón is admired for his fashion sense.

In Omaha, Michelle is well-known in the theater community both for her performances as well as for her visionary stage designs, and earlier, for the masterful woodcut posters she created for the Blue Barn Theater, where she is a founding member. Michelle has received awards and critical acclaim for her work.

So it was a natural that when "Horseland" was auditioning in Omaha, Susie Baer Collins and Terri Ware would think of Mishy. Susie Baer Collins is "Horseland's" Voice director and Associate Artistic Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse. The Playhouse's history is fascinating and full of big names: Click "About OCP" and then "History" to learn who they are. Terri Ware and her husband own Ware House Productions, where "Horseland" and many other cartoons have been recorded for DIC Entertainment over the last ten years.

As a family, we were on pins and needles, because who wouldn't want their little sister on CBS Saturday morning television? We can't wait for the world to know how brilliant and talented she is! And yes, she is!!!!



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Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on February 02, 2012:

Hello Laurel, Thank you so much! I shared your comments with Mishy and she was so thrilled! As her sister, I am very proud of her, so your appreciation makes me very happy as well. Bless you!

Laurel Augustine on January 27, 2012:

Really Michelle?? I accidentally turn on Horseland on Saturday mornings before my coffee kicks in and in a matter of minutes, I'm completely enthralled in the always heroic plot. Amazing. Congratulations on your very cool career!

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on December 23, 2011:

Thanks Peter!!!

Peter on November 01, 2011:

Angora is the reason why I watch Horseland. Every Saturday morning I get my Angora fix. Horseland would not be the same without her. ANGORA ROCKS!!!!

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on September 12, 2008:

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Oh, Christopher, Thank you so much! It's taken me forever to write back. Please forgive me. I'm so glad you love the show and Angora. We're so proud of her!!

Christopher on April 01, 2008:

I love the show.I love angora.

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on January 13, 2008:

Dear Shannon,

So nice to hear from you!!! I remember you and know you and Mishy are good friends. I'll make sure to tell her that you've written and all your kind words, and am certain she will get in touch with you. I really appreciate that you've been a part of my baby sister's success. I wish you a beautiful day and hope to see you again in the near future. My husband and i live in Miami Beach and my parents are in Sunrise.

Warmest Regards,


shanny88 on January 12, 2008:


I'm a friend of Michelle's from Western. I've been quietly stalking/observing her career at the Blue Barn since we saw each other at the 10 year reunion. I am so proud she's continuing in the arts. She was always so amazingly talented. My kids and I watch Horseland and now I'll have to pay attention to who's who and listen to the voice! Tell Michelle I'm so happy for her and I said Hi.

Shannon (Clark) Gustafson (hubby's website)

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on January 04, 2008:

I'm so glad you love the show, Mami!

I Love You!!!

Betty Levy on January 04, 2008:

My friends and I absolutely love the show, it's very well made, and we are crazy about Angora, she is just incredible...

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on November 18, 2007:

Thank you, Hedgeek! We're all very proud of her. I hope you enjoy the show. As they say, check your local listings :-)

hedgeek from Low Earth Orbit on November 18, 2007:

Very cool. Kudos to little sis, I'm going to have to check out the show!

Cory Zacharia (author) from Miami Beach, Florida on November 11, 2007:

Hi, Patty, Thank you! My sister makes us proud!!!!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 11, 2007:

Wow, a celebrity! What fun!

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