Chances are, you already know who I’m talking about. If you’ve been enchanted by her ethereal performance as Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr., dazzled by her colorful dances as Donna in Mamma Mia! or mystified by her charming soprano as Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, you’ve just met one of the most versatile performers at Indian Hill High School.
Reilly Grace, now a senior at the high school, has been an avid actress since the third grade, when she first performed in High School Musical 2 Jr. Since then, she has graced the stage after hours of dedicated practices and long rehearsals, all with “unwavering enthusiasm” – as described by her fellow actors. But her passion for theater goes beyond school. Grace has participated in summer events with the Cincinnati Academy of the Performing Arts (CAPA); while she takes voice lessons and explores the numerous other aspects of acting, such as tech crew, she also counsels their summer productions, teaching younger performers how to make music and providing them with costumes. These experiences have not only made her a better student and leader, but also a better friend.
Her success and mind-blowing talent under the spotlight is only half of what makes her such a popular student who is loved by all. Her closest friends describe her as “humble, loving, witty, supportive, and strong” and she’s always been a shoulder to lean on when they need it. As someone who’s only taken one class with her, I can definitely attest to this. Grace is quick to respond to those struggling and always provides a supportive and light-hearted environment in desperate times. Whether you’ve only just met her or are long-time friends, she will surely cheer up your groggy Monday mornings and dull Friday afternoons.
As she prepares to apply to colleges this year as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, we all know that her professionalism and compassion will surely take her far in life.