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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Shelby Varnadore

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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 twelfth 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 eleven articles in this series, please see the links at the bottom of this article.

This profile is of Shelby Varnadore, 16, a student at LISA Academy North.

Q: How did you become interested in performing arts?

A: My grandmother saw the sign for a summer camp at CAPAA, and we thought it would be fun.

Q: What was your first role?

A: My first role was the genie in Aladdin.

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: I was the wizard in Wicked, and I was the backstage manager for Schoolhouse Rock.

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

A: Singing would be my main choice, but I love all aspects of theater.

Q: What (Who) is your favorite Broadway musical/actor/actress/song/movie/soundtrack/singer?

A: anything Disney or Les Miserables (for its story)

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: The joy of being on stage: I love being someone else on stage.

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

A: One of the best memories was my grandmother taking me to the theater all the time.

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

A: My advice is to get involved in a group and see as many plays as you can.

Profile 1: Brandon Nichols

Profile 2: Gabi Baltzley

Profile 3: Ashley Conley

Profile 4: Gabbie Ware

Profile 5: Kelsey Ivory

Profile 6: Becca Smith

Profile 7: Katie Collins

Profile 8: Taylor Zimmerman

Profile 9: Hanna Reynolds

Profile 10: Lexi Urquhart

Profile 11: McKenzie Marks

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