Local fourth grader lands role in Les Mis

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Right after she received the part of the young Eponine in "Les Misérables," Catherine is all smiles with Mallory Olds, the adult Eponine.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

For a 9-year-old Butler Elementary fourth grader, her first step in show business is a big one.

Catherine Coble has landed a role in the world's longest running musical, Les Misérables, July 17-20 and July 25-27 at NWFSC's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

As a member of the cast, Catherine is excited about this role in her first production.

"I play the young Eponine, who is basically a rich kid who isn't very nice," Catherine told The Sun. "For this part, I act. But, I am also learning the young Cosette part in case they need me to play that any of the nights. And, I am now going to be a street urchin, too, on the nights I play the young Eponine, so that I can sing some in the main chorus."

It's a busy time with rehearsals twice a week for this elementary student, who took her first singing lesson in August 2012 from Dayna Iscano, children's pastor at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach.

"Normally, I wait to take students in their fourth grade year to protect their voices, but Catherine started asking for lessons when she was in second grade,” Dayna, who has a background in musical theater such as "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady," told The Sun. "Catherine is very sweet, sometimes shy around adults, and a serious child. So I'm looking forward to watching her grow as a singer — to see how singing helps her learn to express herself and communicate."

Catherine has a strong lower voice, but can also hit a high F during vocal warm ups.

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