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 tenth 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 nine articles in this series, please see the links at the bottom of this article.
This profile is of Lexi Urquhart, 12, a student at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School: Flightline Upper Academy.
Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?
A: My former church had tryouts for a small play they were doing, so I tried out, and ever since then, I have loved the feeling I get when I stand on the stage.
Q: What was your first role?
A: a black cat
Q: What other roles have you played?
A: I've had Stanley in Holes, Judas/John the Baptist in Godspell, Gill in Finding Nemo, a part of the ensemble in Aladdin and a few other musicals. I will soon be Grimsby in The Little Mermaid.
Q: What roles do you hope to play in the future?
A: I would love to be Ariel in The Little Mermaid because I love the songs and storyline. I would also love to be Anna in Frozen.
Q: If you had to choose one--acting, singing, or dancing--which would it be and why?
A: I would chose acting because I love the adrenaline rush feeling I get in my heart right before I go onto a stage.
Q: What (or who) is your favorite . . .
. . . Broadway musical?
. . . actress?
. . . song?
"Defying Gravity" from Wicked
. . . musical movie?
The Little Mermaid
. . . soundtrack?
Q: What is the best part about performing arts?
A: I like getting to mold into a character.
Q: What is a favorite memory you have of performing arts?
A: Definitely getting to be a swing in Yes, Virginia and In the Heights. I remember being sat down with the CAPAA Players and being told [by CAPAA Executive Director Danelle Hoffer] I had [only] a few days to learn four songs and blocking. It was exciting getting to become part of an ensemble in productions I didn't originally sign up for.
Q: What advice do you have for those interested in performing arts?
A: You might not always get the role you want, but every single role is very important.
Q: What song would sum up your life?
A: I love performing arts, and I go to CAPAA every day except most Wednesdays and Sundays. I try out for any possible thing I can try out for and hope I make it. The song would be "I'm a Star."