Catherine Coble. Remember that name.
The nine year old is making a name for herself at Northwest Florida State College, and will soon appear in her second production there as Molly, Jake’s daughter, in the Neil Simon comedy, “Jake’s Women.”
Because Coble is only 9, the script was changed to make the role of Molly a 10-year-old, instead of a 12-year-old.
Coble, who played the Young Eponine, a singing role, in “Les Misérables” during the summer, told The Sun this role is all acting.
“I play Molly, who is 10 when I am playing her. But, my part is actually grown up. When I talk to my dad, he is remembering me when I was younger.”
The audition for this play was also very different from her Les Mis audition, where singing was done in front of everyone.
“This time each person went in one at a time,” Coble said. “I had to do a one-minute comic monologue. I have done a lot of singing, but not as much acting.”
Once again, Dayna Iscano, children’s pastor at Good News, was there to help Coble prepare for the audition.
“My skit was about a girl who went into the movie theater and got her hair stuck to the chair,” Coble said. “It actually was funny. Ms. Dayna found this for me and then helped me practice for the audition.”
Coble, from Santa Rosa Beach, said she does get tired occasionally, but the director limits her time at rehearsals as much as he can.
And in the meantime, life goes on normally for the little singer/actress. She keeps her career life separate from her 9-year-old life.
“I kinda keep it private,” she said. “I don’t talk about it much. So, I don’t think most of them (at school) even know. I did have to do a poster about myself the first week of school, and I used Les Mis tickets on it and talked about how much I like theater and singing.
Watch Coble’s star continue to shine as her name is associated with more plays, venues and accolades. She even recently sang the National Anthem at WaterColor Inn & Resort to start the 9/11 Heroes Run.
“I’m running for vice president of the student council at Butler. I’m also working on the chorus of a contemporary Christian song to sing with others at Good News United Methodist Church.”
See Coble in “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The college also hosts special Student Nights at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 exclusively for NWFSC students or area high school students who are admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID.