Craig practiced many, many hours leading up to her performance; here she is wrapping up a dress rehearsal.
By Lynne Marsala Basche; photos courtesy of Michelle Craig and Cindy Kessinger
If it is a Bird Girl you seek, look no further than down the street. Kaitlyn Craig of Castle Pines dances, acts and truly shines. “Seussical the Musical” is the show, and my oh my, see Kaitlyn glow.
Craig, who is 16 and a junior at Front Range Christian High School, is part of the Christian Youth Theater’s (CYT) latest production of the whimsical extravaganza, “Seussical the Musical.” The show is based on some of Dr. Seuss’ beloved tales and includes a variety of favorite characters.
A performer since the age of 10, Craig has appeared in several recitals and church and school productions, including “The Wizard of Oz”, “Queen Bees and Wannabes”, “High School Musical”, “Miracle Worker”, and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
While Craig’s first love is acting, she also sings, plays both the guitar and piano and composes original music. “I had been in plays and musicals before, but I took a drama class in seventh grade with my all-time favorite teacher, Mr. Looper, and he taught me so much. I fell in love with theatre. It’s all thanks to him,” said Craig.
In Seussical, Craig was cast as one of the Bird Girls and credits everyone at CYT with her level of excitement about the performances. When asked what she likes specifically about her character, Craig noted, “It pushes me out of my comfort zone because it requires more dancing, and I’m always up for a challenge.”
“Queen Bees and Wannabes:” is Craig’s favorite production because that show sparked an interest in film production, which in turn led to Craig wanting to be behind the camera to produce and edit videos. Craig recently signed to work with the Colorado Film School to gain more experience in that genre. Craig intends to continue performing with CYT, as well as grow her new YouTube channel. A little further down the line, Craig’s plans include enrolling in a gap-year program abroad, followed by college to study film production and editing, music and fashion. Oh, Kaitlyn, the places you’ll go!