Jr. Ashlanders: Lindsey Crocker

Lindsey Crocker has her eyes on the prize. At the tender age of 12, she has already scored a role in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of "Macbeth."

The young, aspiring actress releases her creative talents on the stage as well as in her classroom at The Siskiyou School, where she enjoys learning how to knit and draw.

Lindsey's mother, Rebecca Hutchison, is extremely proud of her daughter's accomplishments.

"It has been amazing to watch how she has grown these last few months with OSF," she said. "She is having so much fun, but takes it very seriously. She is very responsible, and despite her acting schedule she is excelling in school."

Between her busy schedules of school and rehearsals and performances, Lindsey recently sat down with the Daily Tidings to talk about a few of her favorite things.

DT: What are your favorite subjects in school?

LC: I don't really have just one, but I enjoy creative writing a lot because in the class it's free writing and we get to express our feelings and then share our pieces.

DT: What are you least favorite subjects in school?

LC: I have to say math. I have never been very good at it, although I do like algebra.

DT: Tell us about someone at school who inspires you.

LC: My teacher Mrs. Shelstad! She is so great! She really connects to each student and she's a great artist. I love her so much!

DT: What do you like to do outside of school?

LC: A lot of things. I love skiing, riding my bike, hanging out with friends, but most of all I love acting!

DT: What do you think you may want to do when you grow up?

LC: Well, I really like working with animals, so maybe something around that, but most of all I would love to be an actress.

DT: Talk about something you have done that makes you proud.

LC: Getting the part at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in "Macbeth." I was really nervous for the auditions, but I has a great time. It has really helped my acting skills.

DT: Talk about something that is challenging for you.

LC: Dealing with embarrassing moments. I can never just let go of it. I get so flustered.

DT: Tell us about someone in your family who makes you proud.

LC: Everyone in my family, but most of all my mom. I'm proud of her because my grandma has Alzheimer's, so my mom has to be really strong and take care of her. She has done a great job even though it has been hard.

DT: Tell us a little bit about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

LC: I auditioned for the part and when I found out I got it I started screaming and jumping up and down. What's really cool is that two other people I knew got parts in plays as well, so now we have become OSF buddies. I love getting to see what it is like in professional theater and meeting so many actors. Backstage is also really cool.

"Macbeth" plays at OSF through Nov. 1. For a schedule of show times, visit www.orshakes.org.

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