Emily Excels on Stage at James Madison

Although she excels academically, Emily receives her greatest joy from the arts. She loves drawing, creative writing, singing, tap dancing, and acting. Read what plans she has for her very bright future.

Q. You are really into acting, what plays have you been in so far?

When I arrived at James Madison last year, I had a magical time dancing in both the play, “Sense and Sensibility” and the musical, “Ragtime.” This year, I enjoyed the role of the frustrated musical director, Lorraine Miller, in the play, “Waiting for Guffman.” Currently, I am playing the boss’s secretary, Miss Jones, in the All School Musical: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” It never fails to give me pleasure to bring a character to life on the stage ­­ I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Q. What else do you enjoy besides acting?

I have always loved tap dancing and singing. I also enjoy improv, drawing, and creative writing anything that requires imagination.

Q. You were recently selected to be a member of the JMPS Liberty Singers, tell us about that.

The JMPS Liberty Singers are a select group of 13 members who all love to sing! We come to school an hour early on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to rehearse, in addition to two­-and-­a­half hour Saturday rehearsals every other week, all with our wonderful director, Mrs. Julie Templeton. Being in this fun­loving choir has allowed me to develop as a soprano, and has been a delightful experience all around.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

My dream is to be a published author. There is nothing quite like finding the perfect, unexpected word when you sit down to type. Potential colleges for me range from nearby NAU and ASU to out­of­state options. I’m not sure yet exactly what my major will be, or where I’ll go, but I intend to aim high and hang onto my dreams.

Emily is a junior at James Madison Preparatory School.

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