From the first time Mason High School senior Alyssa Cousineau stepped foot on a stage at age nine, she’s been hooked on theater.
“No matter how experienced you are, I don’t think that feeling ever goes away,” she said.
She plans to study acting in college, with the ultimate goal of performing on the stage in New York.
She’s taking the first steps by starting her own business, Once Upon a Birthday, where she appears as a princess for birthday parties. She is also a prep tap dancer at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
“I will stop at nothing to make this dream a success,” Cousineau says. “Failure is not an option.”
How did you get involved in acting?
My first real show was when I was nine years old and I played an orphan in Annie at the Children’s Theatre of Mason. My dance instructor encouraged me to prepare a song and a monologue and audition. I had no idea what I was doing. I was called back and later cast all on my very first audition. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.
What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you that involves theater?
It was when I was awarded a Cappie Award for Best Featured Actress for my role as Maria in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
How has theater played a role in your life?
Theater hasn’t changed my life, it is my life. Since I was little I have ate, slept, and breathed performing.