Jess Schaffer who plays Peggy Sawyer talks about her experience!

At CAP, Jess has done in the heights 3 times (going on 4), hair, and bye bye birdie!

How long have you been dancing?
I have been dancing since my first mommy and me class when I was 1 year old and I never stopped! I went to Jam Dance and competed there for 11 years, USDAN as a dance major for 8 years, and I taught tap at numerous studios across the Island! I was a musical theatre/dance major at the Long Island High School for the Arts junior and senior year, and I am now an applied dance major at the University of Tampa!

What does performing mean to you?
This role means more to me than I can imagine. This show is an absolute dream come true. I first saw 42nd street at the Engeman Theatre in Northport, and from top to bottom, my jaw was dropped. This show seemed like the most incredible piece ever to me, and nothing since then has changed my mind. Being able to play the underdog who fights her way to the top helps me in my everyday life to be the best person and performer I can be on a daily basis. I'm so lucky to be playing my dream role. When I came back to cap after leaving (for school) I feel like a new and better person. Everyone is so loving and welcoming and will jump for you if it means making you a better performer or person. Having people truly want to see you succeed is the greatest feeling in the world, and I am so so grateful and lucky to have an amazing family at the Cultural Arts Playhouse!

Come see Jess and the rest of the dancing cast of 42ND STREET at the Cultural Arts Playhouse running through July 2nd! (516)-694-3330