Student Spotlight: Ruby Marker
November 10, 2016
Colorado Rocky Mountain School junior Ruby Marker will play the lead in the private school's upcoming production of "Pippin," which runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at the CRMS barn. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Marker, a local who previously attended Aspen Community School, recently sat down with the Post Independent to talk about her progress through the theatrical world.
What made you decide to go to CRMS?
I didn't want to go where everyone else was going. I thought CRMS was perfect. I climb and mountain bike and run a lot, and nordic ski competitively. I've been doing that for about five years now and qualified for state twice. I don't do it as much as some people there, but it's fun to go on the trips and do it for fun.
How did you get into theater?
I've been doing show since I was little. When I got into high school, I started focusing on it more seriously. My first show at CRMS was "Little Shop of Horrors." It was really fun, and so I just kind of kept going and worked my way up.
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What is it that appeals?
It started out as the chance to be someone else, but I also felt like I could also be myself in the process— do what I wanted to do and say what I wanted to say. It's also really cool and powerful to be able to share emotions with people.
Tell us a bit about "Pippin."
I think this is the biggest role I've ever had. I play the ringmaster in a circus troupe which is putting on a show about a boy who's trying to find his purpose in life. It's kind of about temptations and not going with the crowd. I pop in at random moments and sort of remind people that it's a show within a show.
Why do you think it's structured that way?
I think the troupe is trying to show how it's hard to live a normal life and that you should do something really cool like them, but that comes at a price. I think the idea of trying to find your "corner of the sky" and the path you want to follow is something that resonates with a lot of people. I'm pretty lucky because I think I found a path I want to go on.
What's next for you in high school and beyond?
I think I'm going to try to branch out into community theater. I want to go to school for it, though I'm not sure if it will be for musical theater or drama. I love to dance, and I play the mandolin and the guitar. I'd like to help expand that community and help people live other lives for a little bit.
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