Lake Mary Life Magazine Sept./October 2009 : Page 122

Check out this kid: Aubrey Peeples By Cherylann Taramykin A ubrey Peeples was three years old the first time she attended a play at the Orlando Civic Theatre (now the Orlando Repertory Theatre, or the Rep). “I fell in love with it,” Aubrey says. “I have known from that moment, that’s what I want to do.” This summer, Aubrey starred as Millie in the Rep's summer stock production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. At 15, Aubrey is no stranger to the stage. She has held numerous lead and prin- cipal roles in plays at seven different theaters. Having been an avid theatergoer her entire life, Aubrey appreciates the view from the other side. “Hearing the crowd, seeing them have the surprise, and knowing what that feels like, is amazing,” Aubrey says. “There’s so much that goes into making a performance work. You see all the secrets and how everything comes together.” Aubrey’s acting experience is by no means limited to live theater. She has acted in four commercials and played Daniella, the uppity swim team captain, in the 2008 film Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective. Most recently, Aubrey has been cast as Debra in A Fonder Heart (PacAtlantic Pictures). Written and directed by Jim Fitzpatrick, the film boasts an all-star cast including Burt Reynolds, Daryl Hannah, Stockard Channing, James Brolin, Shelley Long, and Lou Gossett, Jr. Filming begins early this fall, but Aubrey had the opportunity to meet her director and Aubrey Peeples the younger cast members this summer at a pre-filming event. “The cast is great,” Aubrey says. “It’s a fun, energized group.” Acting is just one of Aubrey’s many gifts. She is a talented singer and dancer as well – a triple threat. Aubrey studied dance for ten years and is proficient in six different dance styles. Her impressive list of vocal performances includes singing our National Anthem as a soloist for the Orlando Magic, the Chicago White Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Detroit Tigers. Perhaps most impressive, Aubrey maintains outstanding grades despite her demanding performance schedule. She grad- uated as valedictorian of her middle school, and remains at the top of her high school class. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has received numerous academic accolades. One of her lesser-known dreams is to write fiction novels. “I’m so grateful to my school for affording me the flexibili- ty to pursue acting,” Aubrey says. “I don’t think I could have done all of this without their understanding.” Aubrey’s parents, Wendy and Ashley, agree that time man- agement is one of the greatest challenges they face raising Aubrey and her younger sister Ally, who is Aubrey’s best friend and an aspiring artist. As for the future: “I would love to go to a school with great academics that also offers a major in theater. Right now, I’m interested in Yale. After that, I plan to live in New York or L.A.” September/October 2009 122 Lake Mary Life LML Family Fare

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