It’s no secret that the youth of Towne Lake have a passion for the arts. There are many opportunities for students of all ages to get on stage, from Etowah and Woodstock high schools’ successful theater programs to the popular Elm Street Cultural Arts Village summer drama program for children. Ava Roberts, 9, is one of those students who has decided to pursue her passion for acting as a career.
Ava says she has always loved performing. “I was always putting on skits and plays for my family at home, so my mom started to take me to acting classes at Elm Street.” From there, Ava began to act with the Academy Street Theatre Group, which is the Cherokee County School District’s drama program.
Ava’s parents are involved in the community as well. Her mom Kristi has been a teacher at Woodstock Elementary for 12 years, and Ava’s father Daniel has worked at Piedmont Church for 4½ years. Since she loves acting so much, her family agreed to help her pursue her talents professionally with the help of an agent. “I did have to wait until I was older to get an agent, though,” Ava says.
Ava has quite a few ideas about the types of shows she would like to perform on in the future. “I would definitely want to do something with Disney – like a television show for young kids. And then also maybe a comedy show, or a horror movie!” she says with a laugh.
Ava has not had any on screen roles, but that doesn’t deter her. “We just finished doing a play at school,” she says, “and I have a callback coming up that I am really excited about. I think I’ll be really busy soon.”
Ava has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, but she doesn’t let that hold her back. Even when she isn’t acting, Ava stays busy with school and other hobbies. “My favorite subject in school is definitely language arts. I love writing and it is one of my favorite things to do.” She also describes herself as “outdoorsy” and enjoys rock climbing, camping and kayaking. It certainly seems that Ava keeps herself (and her parents) busy.
By Torie Winkler, contributing writer