Strong work ethic and a passion for performing will likely take this week’s Good Kid a long way in life.
It was a pleasant surprise for McDowell student, Cara Niebling, when we interrupted her dress rehearsal this week. She and her fellow cast members were preparing for a school performance of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Brent Johnson, McDowell Intermediate High School Performing Arts Director, tells us, “she’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve had opportunity to work with and probably the most humble”.
Cara has always loved the theater. “I’ve grown up seeing shows and I love story telling so it made me want to go into it. I just always thought it was magical, the music and dancing.” And, she’s passionate about putting on the best show possible.
“I talk a lot about leading by example,” says Johnson, “and she’s [the] quintessential kid when it comes to leading by example. Our program wouldn’t be as good without her.”
Cara says she loves getting to know the other cast members. “Oh, it’s the best thing ever. Especially a small cast like this one, everyone just works together so well.” And she’s been part of so many casts and so many shows, she participates in all of her school shows, along with vocal ensemble and volunteers at the Erie Playhouse.
“She goes from one show to the next, says Johnson, it never stops.”
She has big plans for the future. “I’m actually auditioning for colleges to go into musical theatre so I’m hoping to make a career; acting and performing all over the country”.
Johnson gives Cara his full support. “Going into [a] performing arts career is [a] big jump. Cara’s going head first. She’s worked extremely hard on audition material. I know she’s going to go on and do great things.”