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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Becca Smith

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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 sixth 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 five articles in this series, see the links at the bottom of this article.

This profile is of Becca Smith, 15, a student at Cabot High School.

Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?

A: Musicality runs in the family.

Q: What was your first role?

A: I was a part of the ensemble in 24601: A Tribute to Les Miserables.

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: Erzulie in Once on This Island, Camilla in In the Heights, Kindall in Dreamers (an exclusive CAPAA production by Brandon Nichols), part of the ensemble in School House Rock Live, and I am currently working on Ariel for CAPAA's production of The Little Mermaid in June.

Q: What roles do you hope to play in the future?

A: My dream roles are Glinda in Wicked, Kira in Xanadu, Anna in Frozen, and Leisl in The Sound of Music.

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

A: Singing. It is an amazing and rare talent to be able to capture someone with your singing voice. Singing can be the most beautiful thing in the world. And then there's the fact that it could be the worst in the world.

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

. . . Broadway musical?

A: The Little Mermaid

. . . actor?

Bradley Cooper

. . . actress?

Jennifer Lawrence

. . . song?

"For the First Time in Forever" from Frozen

. . . movie?

The Little Mermaid, of course

. . . soundtrack?

Frozen

. . . singer?

Oh, that's a hard one. Umm . . . Justin Timberlake

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: In the theatre you can express yourself no matter what, and that is so very important for every single person. The fact that you can come to a theatre and put your all of your stress and grief into singing or acting or even dancing is wonderful.

Q: What is a favorite memory you have in performing arts?

A: First, some background before the memory: my favorite Disney princess is Ariel. I'm obsessed. Always have been. So for my memory: I walked into the tryout room, bursting with nervousness. The tryout music came on, and I just sang. I was nervous at first, but then passion just all of a sudden burst through me. I found myself crying through the song like I was actually feeling the things that Ariel went through. That was the moment I knew that I broke out of my shell. I never would have broken out of my shell if it wasn't for theatre.

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

A: If theatre makes you happy, go for it. One of my biggest regrets was that I didn't do it earlier on. There's nothing like the feeling that you get under the stage lights, and I wish that every one could have that feeling at least once.

Q: What song would sum up your outlook on life?

A: "For The First Time in Forever." It's about how theatre has changed me, and "for the first time in forever" I have found something that I love wholeheartedly.

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