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Friday, March 30, 2012
Meet the cast of Once Upon a Mattress
With the Patel Conservatory Youth Theater production of Once Upon a Mattressstarting soon, here’s a few fun facts about some of the cast.
They told us what they love about performing, and some interesting tidbits about themselves!
Kelly Coultas, 13
At the age of 8, Kelly was cast as Fern in Charlotte’s Web, and, “boom, I found my calling!” She enjoys singing and has recorded in Nashville. She loves that this show is a funnier version of The Princess and the Pea.
Something interesting about herself: “Last spring I met the cast of Anything Goes in New York. I went backstage and met Sutton Foster, my Broadway idol!”
McKayla Whiteside, 11, of S. Tampa
McKayla Whiteside, right.
This is her first role at the Patel Conservatory. She loves performing because it helps her believe in herself. She says she’s a strong vocalist and people tell her she’s a prodigy.
“Theater is everything to me. Without it, my world would come to an end.”
Caileigh Potter, 13, of Hyde Park
Lucille and Beatrice
A choir and theater student, she’s been at the Patel Conservatory for two years, where she feels she’s learned a lot about being on stage.
“There are so many fun jokes in Mattress, it’s hard not to laugh.”
Bianca Rivera Inons, 11, of Waterchase
Princess #12 and Knight
A student at Patel Conservatory for four years, she’s taken dance, theater, choir and private acting lessons. She always loved seeing musicals and plays, so naturally, she wanted to be in them. “Studying the performing arts has helped me to break out of my comfort zone and try something new.”
She’s excited about the set and props for Mattress. “They’re going to be out of this world.”
She has a violet chinchilla, she hates chocolate, and her favorite dance move is rolling on the floor.
And, “I am obsessed with bunnies.”
Macy Scanlan, 12, of S. Tampa
An acting student at Patel Conservatory for two years, she enjoys the performing arts because, “it’s something that I’m good at and it’s very fun. I have become more outgoing.”
She says Once Upon a Mattress is a really exciting and fun show that keeps you entertained.
Once Upon A Mattress runs April 12 - April 21, 2012. For tickets, click here.