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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Katie Collins

Katie Collins
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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 seventh 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 six articles in this series, click on them here:

Profile 1: Brandon Nichols

Profile 2: Gabi Baltzley

Profile 3: Ashley Conley

Profile 4: Gabbie Ware

Profile 5: Kelsey Ivory

Profile 6: Becca Smith

This profile is of Katie Collins, 17, a student at Cabot High School.

Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?

A: I actually started getting into performing arts in Junior Varsity Forensics in 8th grade. I saw a poster for CAPAA and thought, why not?

Q: What was your first role?

A: The Princess of Hearts in Wonderland

Q: What other roles have you played?

My favorite roles would be Elphaba in a Wicked tribute and Cosette in a Les Miserables tribute.

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

A: Natalie in Next to Normal, Elle in Legally Blonde, and Elphaba in Wicked again

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

A: Well, I've been singing since I was four, and it has always been my strong suit, so I'd have to say singing! Ballet is a close second, though.

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

. . . Broadway musical?

A: Pippin (the revival) or Next to Normal

. . . actor?

Aaron Tveit or Derek Klena

. . . actress?

Idina Menzel

. . . song?

"Superboy and the Invisible Girl" from Next to Normal

. . . movie?

definitely Rent

. . . soundtrack?

Next to Normal

. . . singer?

Jennifer Damiano

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: The best thing would have to be the family you make in the process of a show. I've made the best friends I could have ever asked for at CAPAA. I love them all so much.

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

A: Oh, that would definitely have to be singing "Defying Gravity" (from Wicked) on a stage. That was one of my greatest dreams and a moment that I will always cherish.

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

A: You should always give it a shot. Never give half of your effort; always give it your all. Never be afraid to try something new, either!

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

A: I'd have to say "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent. I am who I am; I wouldn't change a thing that has happened to me. CAPAA and performing have changed me for the better.

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