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Teen chooses a drama-filled life

March 6, 2014
By Kathleen Palumbo , The Town Crier

When the curtains are drawn at an area theater production, there's a very good chance that one young Boardman resident with a seemingly endless acting resume is among the cast.

With 11 years of dance experience and eight of acting, Chloe Housteau's first stage presence was as a Little Rascal with Easy Street Productions, spanning to her most recent part as Mary Skinner in the Victorian Players ''Life with Father.''

Filling in the blanks with numerous productions, Housteau has been nominated for three Marquee awards, winning ''Outstanding Juvenile Performance in a Musical'' for her performance as Annie in ''Annie,'' in 2010.

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Chloe Housteau loves the spotlight and is on her way to a theater career at the age of 13.

Following those first steps onto a stage, ''And then I didn't stop doing plays,'' said Housteau, adding ''I asked to audition again and again.''

Those auditions have resulted in dozens of parts with Easy Street Productions, New Castle Playhouse, Top Hat Productions, Youngstown Playhouse, and Carnation City Players to name a few.

The acting accolades for Housteau, the daughter of Gary and Angela Housteau of Boardman, are peppered with endless accomplishments, such as being crowned Little Italian Princess at the Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Italian Fest in 2008, singing the National Anthem at a Mahoning Valley Scrappers Baseball Game, modeling in Angels of Easter Seals American Girl Fashion Show 2009, and 2010, and awards at numerous Idol Contests.

Currently a 13 year-old seventh grade student at Poland's Holy Family School, Housteau said she is still weighing her options on where to attend high school, where she said she is most excited at the prospect of joining a speech and debate team.

Managing to keep the same pace within the school walls as she does outside them, at Holy Family Housteau has served as a member of the National Junior Beta Cub, Student Council, Drama Club, the Holy Family Church Choir, and the school's ARK (Acts of Random Kindness as well as its newspaper writing staff.

Asked to present a day in the life of Chloe, Housteau offered up that day's activities, listing school, Power of the Pen, and voice lessons followed by two play practices that would keep her on the go until about 9:30pm. Admitting that sometimes she feels like she needs to take a break.

''But then I'm so bored,'' she said.

Chloe said that despite her hectic schedule she still manages to do things with her friends.

Beyond high school, an animated Housteau said Julliard tops her list of goals.

Content to encourage, chauffeur and inspire her daughter in every endeavor, Angela Housteau referred to her daughter as very independent.

''She's definitely a big-city girl,'' Angela Housteau said. ''We've been very blessed.''



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