Student artist in the spotlight: Chakra Williams

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

Age: 6.

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Grade: first.

School: Mendenhall River Community School.

Center stage: She will perform in "The Old Woman of the Tides" at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Mendenhall River Community School gym.

Art of choice: acting and Tlingit art.

Reason: "I like it because I like Raven!"

Experience: one year.

All in the family: Her aunt, Myla, is a theater student at Rutgers University.

Favorite artists: "I like Beyonce. I like musicals like 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Rent.'"

Future plans: "I love to act and perform in dance shows and plays. I plan to do my best in everything I do."

Wacky art: abstract art.

You should know: She is double-jointed in her elbow.

Her classroom teacher, Mindy Barry, says: "Chakra is very creative and expresses her thoughts and feelings in various artistic ways. She loves to present and perform to her audience and does it in a captivating manner. Chakra is delightful!"

Her music teacher, Melissa Mello, says: "We recently selected Chakra to play the character of Raven in our primary play, 'The Old Woman of the Tides.' Chakra can project her voice and use her body to bring the character to life. Chakra is very creative and focused. She is a hard worker and has shown dedication to playing the part of Raven. Plus, she has an infectious smile!"

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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