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Caitlin Finnie Tommy Tune Awards The Woodlands, TX

How did you get into performing?

When I was younger, I used to live in New Jersey, so we had fairly easy access to NYC and Broadway. My little sister and I would go see shows like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" with our parents, and then come home and put on shows for our parents, family and friends. When I turned ten, I asked my parents to let me start taking voice lessons along with piano and flute. When we moved to Houston, we saw the Class Act production of "High School Musical," which inspired me to audition for their next production — "Les Miserables." I loved the cast, music, and plotline of "Les Miserables" and during rehearsals, I fell in love with performing and with musical theater. Now I see musical theater as a combination of my two great loves in life — story telling and music.

Who are some of your role models in entertainment?

My heroines in musical theater are Laura Benanti, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, and Lea Salonga.

Why is performing important to you?

I get a thrill when I perform onstage, and I love the interaction between an audience and a performer. I enjoy developing characters and analyzing the poetry within a song to discover the emotions that lie within the lyrics. I try to relate to my character by using past memories and emotions to enhance my performance — I think it makes the performance much more personal than simply trying to be the character. Performing is my passion in life — there’s nothing else I’d rather do with the rest of my life.

Special Skills

4 years of piano

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