There is residing stigma when it comes to underclassmen, especially when it comes to beating out their fellow upperclassmen schoolmates in anything. Whether it be in athletics, academics or the arts, it is common to believe that seniority plays a part. Though the apparent preference is understandable, the target goal for all extracurricular activities is to attract students who are hard-working, talented, and have a positive attitude. They look for individuals who are deserving of the coveted academic award, a solo in a concert, or the starting spot on the varsity team. Recently, an incredibly talented sophomore, Cara Page, proved to be the most deserving individual of the lead role in the spring musical, Beauty and The Beast, and though her role as the lead is taking place in this, her sophomore year, she is relishing every opportunity that comes with it.
First and foremost, Page is a dancer. She is incredibly gifted and has been pursuing this gift since she was a young girl. When prompted to discuss her experience, she mentioned first how her love for dancing has grown over time.
“I’ve been dancing as long as I can remember. My mom always says that I was dancing before I could walk. Dancing is how I originally came to love music and theatre.” According to Page, dancing paved the road for all of her music and theater-related accomplishments, each intertwining with one another. Working on one inevitably shaped and improved the other. She was involved in piano lessons, and with more music entering her life she became infatuated with her most beautiful instrument of all, her own voice.
“I started out by taking piano lesson as a little kid, but eventually I begged my mom to start singing lessons and then fell in love with singing.” Indeed, Page is a multifaceted musician who continued to excel in all aspects of the art of music. “Throughout the years I have picked up the cello, violin, and guitar but singing has been the main thing that has stuck with me.”
To further improve her skills in musical theater she became an active participant in the Performing Arts Summer Theatre Academy (PASTA). This sparked her infatuation with musicals.
Though she has a seeming overloaded schedule, Page still manages to succeed in all aspects of her life. Outside of Lake Forest High School, she is involved in a multitude of activities. These activities include VX, a recording studio choir, that records commercials and smaller things for television shows. VX is a part of MYA (Midwestern Young Artists) run by Gary Frye, and aside from that she continues to dance with PDT Senior, a competitive team with the Lake Forest Dance Academy.
In LFHS she participates in One Act Plays, Bel Cantos (an extracurricular singing group), the theatre class, and the annual LFHS Talent Show. Some of her closest friendships have bloomed from these activities due to the immense time spent rehearsing and just having “jam sessions” with her fellow contemporaries.
Page mentioned, “I couldn’t even imagine my life if I wasn’t doing theatre. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming throughout this whole experience and I couldn’t thank them enough for that. I am so grateful and excited for this amazing opportunity to be in this year’s musical and to work with such wonderful directors, cast, and crew!”
She will continue to rehearse while balancing her dance, voice lessons, and many musical extracurriculars. Though she is just a sophomore, she is bound to be the best Belle possible for LFHS.