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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Kelsey Ivory

Kelsey Ivory
Kelsey Ivory
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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 fifth 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. If you missed the third article, click here. If you missed the fourth, click here.

This profile is of Kelsey Ivory, 13, a student at Cabot Jr. High South.

Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?

A: I got into the performing arts when I found out I could have the opportunity to go up on an actual stage and show everyone in the audience what I now love to do.

Q: What was your first role?

A: My first role was in the CAPAA production of Finding Nemo. I played Peach, the starfish.

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: I have also played the roles of Jasmine in Aladdin Jr., “Bless The Lord My Soul” soloist in Godspell Jr., Mayzie La Bird in Seussical The Musical, Asaka in Once On This Island, and, most recently, Daniela in In The Heights.

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

A: I would really love the opportunity to be Jasmine again because that was one of my favorite parts to play.

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

A: If I had to choose among acting, singing or dancing, I would have to choose singing because I think that when I sing is the moment that I really bring my all to the table.

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

. . . Broadway musical?

A: My favorite Broadway musical would have to be Wicked. I say Wicked because I love all the songs, the energy, and all the characters.

. . . Broadway performer?

I would have to say that Idina Menzel is my favorite performer not only in Wicked but just in general. I love her because she has such power when she is on stage. She has such a strong voice and presence. I really like the song “I’m Not That Girl” that she sings in Wicked. It’s a really beautiful song and she really does justice to it.

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: The best part of performing arts is that feeling you get when you go on stage for the first time and you get an amazing rush that makes you do your absolute best!

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

A: One of my best memories would have to be the time I was backstage and I was wearing this multi-colored tutu. We all had robes on and mine wouldn’t go over the tutu, and at the very last second, we got it fixed. That was honestly the most nervous I have ever been. But as soon as I stood on that stage, all the nerves went away, and I think that’s one of my best performances.

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

A: If I were to give advice to anyone starting out in the performing arts, I would tell them to give it everything they’ve got no matter if it’s an audition or a show. The stage gives you the chance to get out of yourself and become any character you choose to be. In every show, do it like it’s your last. At every audition, bring out everything you can do and make it your best.

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

A: To sum up my outlook on my life in the performing arts, I would use the song title “It Won’t Be Long Now” from In the Heights. I see it as it won’t be long until I’m on a Broadway stage doing what I love to do. I can’t wait to step in front of thousands of people and show them what I’ve worked and prepared for my whole life.