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Spotlight on Arkansas performer McKenzie Marks

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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 eleventh 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 ten articles in this series, please see the links at the bottom of this article.

This profile is of McKenzie Marks, 18, a student at Cabot High School.

Q: What was your first role?

A: Johnny Appleseed's mother when I was in first grade

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: I have be doing theater since I was five. I went to a performing arts school for grades kindergarten through fourth. I am very blessed to have played over twenty different roles. I have also done scenery, props, and costumes for several productions. I have been a costume designer, stage manager, and student director.

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

A: Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family), Meg Giry (Phantom of the Opera), and Toffee (Zombie Prom).

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

A: Acting because my favorite part of theater is to be able to play and dress up as magical and creative characters.

Q: What (or who) is your favorite . . .

. . . Broadway musical?

A: Phantom of the Opera

. . . actor?

A: Christian Borle (Peter and the Star Catcher)

. . . actress?

Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family)

. . . song?

"Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera)

. . . musical movie?

Grease

. . . soundtrack?

Zombie Prom and Phantom of the Opera

. . . singer?

Idina Menzel

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: Being around so many funny and creative people

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

A: Going to New York and seeing my first Broadway musical (Peter and the Star Catcher)

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

A: Always--and I mean always--follow your dreams and don't let anyone tell you you can't do it.

Q: What song would sum up your life?

A: "I Dreamed a Dream" (Les Miserables)

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