Local fourth grader lands role in Les Mis

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

"Pretty impressive for a child,” Dayna said. “So she has the potential of having a really great range."

In addition to Les Mis, Catherine has a voice project for the church and is working on a contemporary praise song with Dayna this summer.

"I love Ms. Dayna," Catherine said. "I didn't like the first lessons because all I did was breathing exercises, but I loved it when I started to get to sing. My favorite part is singing the songs, and I like to perform."

Being at an audition only seven months after beginning voice lessons isn't typical and can be a scary experience for one so young. Dayna accompanied the Cobles to the audition and had Catherine do warm up exercises in the car.

“They made the kids audition just like the adults," Dayna said. "In a 'chorus line', then went over the piece a few times and then they went down the line and each one sang in front of everyone. That's intimidating for adults, let alone a child."

Catherine was one of the few children who accompanied the song with acting, which she and Dayna had worked on.

"I knew she was going to do well and I just wanted her to walk away feeling that she had done the best she could that day," Dayna said. "I couldn't have been more proud as a teacher."

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