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‘Peter Pan’ star has Broadway dreams

LEMONT – It didn’t take long for Aubree Tally to decide the theater stage was where she belongs.

“I think it was honestly my first show,” she said, of a community theater production of “Annie” the summer before she entered second grade.

“I’ve wanted to do theater since then and knew I wanted to continue to do it as a profession if I could and was talented enough to consider this as a profession.”

The Lemont High School senior will finish an accomplished theater career at the school by playing the title role in the musical “Peter Pan.” The show runs from Thursday, May 16, to Saturday, May 18.

This is the fourth year Tally has been cast in a lead role in the school’s musical. But she has found new things to get excited about playing Peter Pan.

“It’s a great experience because there’s so much more to this role than acting,” she said. “There’s the flying aspect and just being a different gender is just a whole new thing.”

Working with professional flyers has been an adjustment.

“It takes trust. It’s a little scary at first, but I’m pretty comfortable now,” she said.

Tally has had many theater influences inside and outside of school. A longtime mentor has been David Lindley, who was the technical director when she performed in her first musical, “Annie.” She has continued to work with him – he is the assistant director for “Peter Pan” – and has gone to him for career advice.

Lindley has been impressed with the dedication Tally always has shown to becoming a professional actress.

“She not only wanted it, she wanted to do the work to become it,” he said, referring to all the classes and instructors she has had.

Tally will attend Otterbein University in Ohio next year to pursue a degree in musical theater. Afterward, she would like to tour professionally with a musical. But her main goal is big time – Broadway.

To get to Broadway, Tally knows there’s no room for doubt.

“I’ve always been taught, if you can see yourself doing something else than theater, then this is not the career you should be taking.”

More about Aubree Tally

Musical roles in high school: Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" (2010); Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain" (2011); Velma Kelly in "Chicago" (2012)

Favorite actress: Sutton Foster

Dream roles: "Next to Normal" as either female role; Jo March in "Little Women"; Fiona in "Shrek"

Outside school: Volunteer at the Spectrum program for special needs at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville

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