Special Photo. Kassie Livingston, center, played Gladys Herdman in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by the New Depot Players in Conyers in December. Next, she will play an orphan in "Annie" at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from Jan. 13 to 17.
NEWBORN -- One 11-year-old from Newton County is doing something that many adult actors may never do in their lifetime -- perform at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
After auditioning earlier this month at Bloomingdale's at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Indian Creek Middle School sixth-grader Kassie Livingston, daughter of Leslie and Terri Livingston of Newborn, landed the role of an orphan in the production of "Annie" at the Fox.
"I was really nervous (auditioning) since it was something really big ... and (the judges) didn't really know me," Livingston said. "But I guess it didn't show since I got the part."
She was up against more than 100 other kids for the role and had to sing with a group and individually and then had to dance in a small group before securing the part.
"When I get nervous my voice shakes, so I was nervous about that," she said.
Although this is her first time performing at the Fox and outside of Newton and Rockdale counties, she already has plenty of roles under her belt.
She has been singing in church, school and area productions since she was 3 years old and has taken dance and gymnastics since she was 4 years old.
"Anywhere she can find something to do, it doesn't matter to her," said her mother, Terri Livingston. "She said it lets her be somebody else."
So far, she has been part of several plays at Heritage High School with its Patriot Players, including "The Music Man," "The Sound of Music" and the "The Wizard of Oz," her favorite. She also was in the New Depot Players' "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" in Conyers earlier this month.
"I really like the talking (parts)," she said. "I like attitude parts where you get to show off anything you have."
Although she's only seen "Annie" as a movie on television, she has been to the Fox to see "Dorothy" and "Peter Pan," and she's excited to be on the other side of the curtain this time.
"It's cool to see the older people going to the Fox, and now I get to go there for them to see me," she said, adding that she's not too nervous about performing in front of a large audience. "I don't get nervous (performing) ... unless I'm by myself."
She also hopes to talk to the cast of "Annie" to see how they started acting and how they practice and get better.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the older people who have done it for longer," she said.
She's in the chorus at Indian Creek Middle School and hopes to take a drama class next year while she continues to act in local productions and wherever else she lands a role.
"I do want to try acting (as a career), whether it's local or if it goes bigger," she said. "It's something I'm really interested in."
"Annie" will be performed at the Fox Theatre at various times from Jan. 13 to 17. Ticket prices range from $10 to $50, plus taxes and fees, and are available at www.ticketmaster.com.