Wepa Vanessa! Meet Ariana, who plays Vanessa in In The Heights!
What are some of your favorite roles you've played?
“A few of my favorite roles are Mimi in RENT, Roxie Hart in Chicago, Wendla in Spring Awakening and Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Susan in tick, tick BOOM.”
What theatre/acting/dance/etc. training do you have?
“Growing up I was always in voice lessons, dance classes, involved with the theater program at school, professional choirs, etc. I studied theater at SUNY Westchester College, and also had the opportunity to perform at both The Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks. I've been blessed with some amazing directors, and try to learn from each theatrical experience.”
What does the role mean to you?
“Vanessa is a fighter. She's often misunderstood and just wants to get out and live. I see my mother in this role, she had me at a very young age & she's had to work A LOT to get to where she is now. This role/show means so much to me and I hope to capture the essence of Vanessa as she's always been a dream role of mine, and it's truly an honor to have the opportunity portray such a strong character. “
“This is my first summer with CAP, and it's definitely been a blast. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. It's so amazing to see previous CAP students come back to be involved as adults, and to see how everyone has stayed connected through the years, it's definitely a sense of coming back "home". As a cast, we've become so close and are 'familia'. I've never seen such passion and dedication starting from day 1. I can't wait to keep this show evolving each and every performance!”
Come see Ariana and the rest of the talented cast of In The Heights- running July 8th through July 31st. Tickets are available for every performance starting at $20 if purchased before Friday performances, or $25 if purchased at the door. Box office opens one hour prior to every performance. Call (516)-694-3330 or visit our website www.culturalartsplayhouse.com for additional information.