The Norman Transcript


May 12, 2014

A music star is on the rise

NORMAN — Kate Kemmet dreams of a career in musical theater and she is working toward it from several angles, not the least of which is study at Interlochen Arts Camp, a prestigious camp for aspiring artists in Michigan.

Kemmet, a ninth grader at Norman North, discovered the Interlochen Arts Camp on the Internet last fall and set her sights on going to camp there. Although she could have submitted a video as her application, she wanted to audition in person.

“The closest audition to Norman was in Chicago in January,” she said.

A trip to Chicago was her 15th birthday present As a ninth-grader, she was in the younger group to audition. Word came soon after that she had been accepted, and that they had placed her in the camp with the 10th- through 12th-graders.

“I got accepted (by email) even before the application deadline,” she said.

She is looking forward to working with master teachers who have played a part in the career of such artists as Norah Jones and Josh Groban and many others in several show businesses genres.

Her chance to study at Interlochen comes after years of voice, acting and dance study. Her rapidly growing list of accomplishments began after a Sooner Theater day camp as a 5-year-old. Her mom, Lori, relates that the children sang “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from “Wizard of Oz” and Kate asked her “when do I get to be Dorothy?” She already had her sights set on bigger roles.

Kemmet has had various roles in Sooner Theater productions, including her coveted role as Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz” and Lucy in “Goodbye Girl.” At Alcott Middle School, she choreographed the production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” With years of dance behind her she said it still was a bit awkward to be directing her peers.

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