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Spotlight on Arkansas performer Taylor Zimmerman

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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 eighth 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 seven 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

Profile 7: Katie Collins

This profile is of Taylor Zimmerman, 11, a student at Cabot Middle School North.

Q: How did you get interested in performing arts?

A: I got into performing arts because my friends were doing it, and they said it was really fun. I tried it out, and I loved it.

Q: What was your first role?

A: My first role ever was a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz at Cabot High School. I was 7 or 8.

Q: What other roles have you played?

A: Other roles I have had have been a Sharpette in High School Musical 2 and the lead role in Once on This Island. Both these roles were at CAPAA. I also played a munchkin in the Cabot Community Theatre's production of Wizard of Oz.

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

A: Roles I would love to have are Elsa or Anna in Frozen or someone on a Disney channel show.

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 choose acting because I think it would be fun to be on a show, but I think singing is my best quality.

Q: Who is your favorite singer?

A: My favorite singers are Katy Perry and Kesha because the songs are so fun to listen to and are really good dance songs.

Q: What is the best part about performing arts?

A: The best thing about performing arts is the family you form with your cast mates.

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

A: The best memory from performing arts is preparing for Disney. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, but at the end of the day, it's all worth it because you get to be onstage in front of thousands of people doing what you love.

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

A: Advice I would give to those interested in performing arts is to just keep trying and don't let anyone or anything get in your way.

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

A: If I had to sum up my life into one song title, it would be "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.

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