Ava White’s theater experience began at Theatre Bristol when she was 8.
“I auditioned for the play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and got in as one of her maids. I had the best time there, so I continued to audition for the shows there,” she says.
This month, she is playing Little Red Ridiing Hood in “Into the Woods.” “I am so excited to be playing Little Red. She has such a big personality, and I can’t wait to bring that to the stage,” Ava says.
This play fits right in with Ava’s love of musical theater, which she prefers to straight drama or comedy.
“I prefer musical theater, I love acting but singing and acting combined is even better,” she says.
Musical theater also ties in with her favorite role and one she hopes to be able to play in the future.
“One of my favorite roles has to be July in ‘Annie.’ It wasn’t a very big part, but I loved the people in the show, we all bonded so well, and it was just so much fun. My favorite play that I want to be in one day would be ‘Wicked.’ I saw it on Broadway last year with my family, and it was so good.
“In my opinion, performing brings out a different side of yourself. What I love about performing is getting a chance to step outside of your life and get put in someone else’s shoes for a change. I have performed at Theatre Bristol, The Paramount and Barter Theatre. To me, theater is like a second home. I love getting an opportunity to find someone else’s personality.
“Through all the shows I’ve done I have met wonderful people, and I love each and every one of them. A few people I look up to in acting would be Camille Gray, Makenna Arnold and Annie Simpson. These three women have been such good examples for me to look up to and they are such incredible actors.
“I have had a blast at Theatre Bristol, everyone there is so friendly and wonderful, and I highly suggest getting involved there. Volunteering is such a great way to put some time into the community,” Ava continues.
Ava is 14 and isn’t sure what she wants to do in the future, but she knows it will have something to do with the arts. She attends Tennessee High School and is the daughter of Bert and Kate White.