Allison Robbins keeps her sights set on the stars
n Robbins munched on Junior Mints and applied makeup during a Park Record Profiles interview last week at the Egyptian Theatre, moments before an evening performance of "White Christmas," in which she plays a principal role. Her energetic reprieve in the second act is a show -stopper. The scripted lines, "honey, you were born with it," ring true in real life as well.
The feisty 15-year-old exudes energy and youthful self-confidence as she talks about her life so far. She describes herself as curious, creative and a chronic procrastinator — pretty standard stuff for a teenager. Perhaps it was the thrill of putting things off to the last minute that motivated her abrupt departure from the interview and mad dash upstairs to make an entrance on stage.
During intermission, the interview resumed. Robbins reveals maturity beyond her age when she waxes philosophical about her attraction to acting. "I love giving a gift to an audience. I just like seeing the looks on their faces when they watch you perform. I love connecting honestly to the character I’m playing and not just putting on an act."
Ironically, Robbins says she struggled to settle in the second time she moved with her family to Park City. "My parents made me move here after 8th grade graduation," she laments. It was 2005 and, at age 13, the Seattle native found the transition difficult.
"I had already lived here from 1998 to 2001 and liked it OK. It was harder this time because I had a lot of friends in Seattle I didn’t want to leave and I sort of had things mapped out — like where I would go to high school and stuff. It’s a lot different here."
A positive attitude and her naturally ebullient personality soon won the day. "I had some friends from the first time I was here and made some new ones and just took off from there." Now she’s glad her parents ""made" her move.
In her first year at Park City High School, she’s already in the thick of things. When I tried out for the cheerleading squad and got picked, that was great! Even though I’m a sophomore, I got on the varsity squad. I think it’s because I can tumble — I was really into gymnastics when I was younger." At barely five feet tall, the diminutive Robbins is the shortest girl on the squad, but she can spin like a top.
In addition to drama classes, Robbins likes English and AP World History, "because Mr. Krenkel is an amazing teacher."
Robbins lives in the Willow Springs area with parents, Maura and Charlie, and 13-year-old brother Cole.
"My brother and I get along OK. We both love the "Lord of the Rings" movies and we have all the extended DVDs," she says.
Then there’s Cooper, a one-year-old German Shepherd/border collie mix who has already chewed up her favorite pair of boots. "I still love him though," she says."
Life in Park City isn’t all a bed of roses for Robbins. She does have a couple of pet peeves. She doesn’t like the myriad of film buffs and tourists that flock to town during the film festival. "The stars are OK. I like to see them, but the crowds really bug me," she says.
She’s also tired of getting rained and snowed on while walking the halls at the still-under-construction high school.
During a break before her final number, Robbins’ blue eyes sparkle as she talks more about her attraction to the theatre. "Backstage is interesting too," she says. "There’s a whole bunch of personalities colliding. There’s usually food and music and a lot of people changing costumes really fast. It’s crazy "
Robbins seems destined to be a performer. She’s trained at the Utah Conservatory in Salt Lake City and with voice coach Tanya Taylor. She already has the next decade or so of her life planned. "I want to finish high school in Park City and go to New York University," says the aspiring actress. "The school has what I want in terms of acting and performance classes. I’ve also got family on my mother’s side in New York, so I won’t be lonely."
Allison Robbins has an endless supply of energy and a zest for the spotlight so it is likely that theater-goers will see a lot more of more of her in years to come.
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