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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Ashley Conley

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As reported here an elite group of young performers from the Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) in Cabot will entertain at the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios in Florida during spring break.

This article is the third of a series that will spotlight each of the performers in the group, which is known as the CAPAA Players. If you missed the first article in this series, click here. If you missed the second article in the series, click here.

This profile is of Ashley Conley, 16, a student at Cabot High School and the ballet instructor for the four- and five-year old beginning class at CAPAA.

Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?

A: I have been dancing since I was five years old by first attending Page and Company. I then took a hiatus from dancing and performed on the competitive cheer squad based out of Sherwood, Cheer Time Perfection. Then when CAPAA opened its doors, I was one of the first students to enroll and have been there ever since.

Q: What was your first role?

A: a member of the ensemble in Welcome to Wonderland

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: My first official acting role was as Graffiti Pete in the recent CAPAA production of In the Heights; otherwise, I have been part of the ensemble in various productions at CAPAA. At Cabot High School, I danced in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Q: If you had to choose one--acting, singing, or dancing--which would it be and why?

A: I have a love of dance. My favorite is lyrical.

Q: What (Who) is your favorite . . .

. . . Broadway musical?

A: Next to Normal

. . . actor? Robert Downey, Jr. or Johnny Depp

. . . actress? Keira Knightley

. . . singer? John Mayer or Michael Buble

Q: What advice do you have for those interested in performing arts?

A: Don’t give up. Nobody cares if you can’t dance or act well; just get up and do it. Great dancers and actors are great because of their passion and desire to perform.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: Friedrich Nietzsche – "You must have chaos within you to give rise to a dancing star."

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