Student Spotlight: Billy Elliot opens this week, featuring a GMSD student

Katy Cotten, a 7th grader at Houston Middle School, makes the leap to professional theater this month in Billy Elliot. She began her theatrical career—ironically—at Houston High School when she was very young. Playing “Max the dog” in their production of Suessical opened her up to exploring other roles all over the Memphis area.



Cotten, now a Germantown theater stalwart, has portrayed a wide range of parts, including roles like Sally in
Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Germantown Community Theater. Among the numerous and favorite roles she has had, Cotten recognizes a few shows, “…Charlotte’s Web, Annie, Godspell, and Shrek.”

Recently promoted from Dogwood Elementary, Katy is often seen in a supporting role in Germantown Municipal School productions. Last year, she appeared as Mathilda in Falcon Footlight’s Alice in Wonderland. This year, she plans to assist on the makeup crew for their much-anticipated Lion King Jr.

Besides living it up on the stage, Cotten studies voice and dance—and plays the cello in the Houston Middle School orchestra. She also loves to work with young adults and children with special needs and volunteers often at camps and at Madonna Learning Center. Her favorite subject at HMS is science with the new Mandarin Chinese class being offered coming in a close second.



Germantown residents are encouraged to view her professional work at Playhouse on the Square as she plays “Debbie Wilkinson” in the musical hit
Billy Elliot. The show opens Friday—but be aware of the parental advisory.

“Billy Elliot the Musical,” through Sept. 6 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $22 Opening Weekend (August 14, 15, 16), $35 Thursdays and Sundays, $40 Fridays and Saturdays. $22 Seniors/Students/Military. $15 Children under 18. Info: 901-726-4656 and playhouseonthesquare.org. Playhouse Advisory: Strong language and adult situations.
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