It’s lights, stage and action for a young local girl performing in Wizard of OzBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER There are not many 10-year-olds who can say they are veterans of a craft at such a young age, but Karen Hoffman can do just that.
Her parents, Amy and Keith Hoffman, said that their daughter began acting at the age of five when she began taking classes at the Marysville Young Actors Theatre.
Her parents said that soon after she caught the acting bug and began taking musical theater classes at the former Lake Stevens Dance Academy where she fell in love with performing.
“She took part in several of their productions, including; Bye Bye Birdie, Grease and Fiddler on the Roof. She is a very talented vocalist and is in her third year with the Seattle Children’s Chorus,” Amy said.
Hoffman also sang the National Anthem for a Lake Stevens High School Basketball game last year.
She is now taking acting lessons from The Seattle Children’s Theatre and is performing in her second show with the Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre.
“Karen is extremely excited to perform her current role of The Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle,” Amy said.
She earned her roll of the Wicked Witch by performing a one minute monologue and sang “Tomorrow” from Annie.
“They do an amazing job of casting the right child for each part,” Amy said.
Karen said she loves acting because, “It’s really fun to play other characters and not get in trouble for being dramatic.”
Acting wasn’t something that either parent pushed Hoffman towards like many parents may do with a young child. Her mother said that Karen has always been pretty dramatic, so it just seemed natural to send her to acting classes.
“Karen is doing a great job as Wicked Witch,” Director Sonya said. “ We have had other actors watch rehearsals and they said they had chills from watching her."