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Parkway North grad enjoys successful theater career

As a 6-year-old girl, former Creve Coeur resident Kaitlyn Mayse watched her first musical, “West Side Story.” At the time, she didn’t know that she would go on to pursue theater as a career, but she did know that she loved it and wanted to be a part of the action.

Throughout her youth, Mayse performed in various productions with Union Avenue Opera Theater, Opera Theater of St. Louis and The Muny. Once she entered high school at Parkway North High, she became involved in the theater program there. Mayse also had roles in productions with COCA and Dayspring Theater, where her experience served as the foundation for her strong passion for theater and encouraged her to further pursue it.

After graduating high school, Mayse went on to Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater. During her college years, she studied under instructors who helped her grow in her singing, acting and dancing, as well as participate in shows that gave her the opportunity to develop her niche for fairy tale musicals, such as her role of Rapunzel in “Into the Woods.” Mayse also became more involved in regional theater in Bloomington, Indiana, and in St. Louis. She starred as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” with Variety St. Louis and Greta in “Greta” with Bloomington Playwright’s Project. 

She earned her BFA in 2016 and headed to New York City to audition for shows. She landed her first role in NYC in the off-Broadway show, “The Thalia Festival.” Quickly after that, Mayse was cast as an ensemble member, woodland creature and understudy of Elle in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in the 2017-2018 traveling musical. In December of 2017, “Cinderella” came to the Fox Theater and Mayse was able to perform on the same stage that sparked her love for performing. After many performances throughout the nine-month tour, Mayse was offered the lead role of Elle for the 2018-2019 season. Her training and dreaming has paid off, as she will now be touring the nation doing what she loves. 

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