Northwest NEWS

October 26, 1998

Entertainment

She's a 'Star' and a leading lady

   by Bronwyn Burns-Wilson
   aladd

In between soccer practice and a full class load at Leota Jr. High, Whitney Adkins is the leading lady in "Aladdin and the Arabian Nights." The production opened Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 7 at Studio East in Kirkland on 402 6th St.
  
   Adkins, a ninth grader, plays the character Scheherazade, the story teller. Her character tries to break a spell cast on the sultan by telling stories without giving the ending.
  
   She enjoys this role because she says, "It's so mysterious." Scheherazade knows everything, "but only tells a little at a time."
  
   Whitney Adkins made her first appearance on stage at the age of ten. Her mom signed her up for an audition at the Crossroads Community Theater. To her surprise, she got the part. Since then, Adkins has performed on stage in many community theater productions.
  
   Currently, she's working on a lead dramatic performance for Leota presented by Todd Westendorf's advanced drama class.
  
   She claims acting will always be a part of her life, though she's not sure she'll choose it as a lifelong profession. She also sings, dances and plays fullback for her soccer team the "Stars," a fitting name for a winning team, and also fitting for a young lady chosen from an audition of eighty others and who is now starring in a leading role.
  
   For tickets call 425-827-3123. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:30.