Macaroni National Macaroni Kid EATS Family Fitness Macaroni Military Families Family Safety Macaroni Stork Family Travel

Meet Ally- Starring in CYT's The Little Mermaid

October 19, 2012

Oliver is next! Be sure to get your tickets now!

left image

Tell us a little about yourself , age, school, family?

My name is Ally Dods and I am 14 years old.  I’m currently a freshman at the Steward School.  I have no brothers or sisters, but I live with my mom, dad, and dog, Phoebe.

How old were you when you started acting?
I participated in my first CYT show when I was 8 years old, but I started classes when I was 6 and loved them! I’ve been hooked ever since!

What was your first show?
My first show was CYT’s “Annie” back in 2006. I was an orphan!

How long have you been with CYT? First show with CYT? Favorite role with CYT?
I saw my first show by CYT in March of 2005, and it happened to be CYT’s “The Little Mermaid!”  I loved it so much that I began CYT summer camp that summer. I auditioned for “Annie” in 2006 when I was 8 years old, and was cast in the orphan ensemble. a If I had to choose a favorite role with CYT, I’d have to say it was “Lucy” in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

What do you love most about CYT?
The people. Everyone (and I mean everyone) is so nice and supportive. I have made so many friends throughout my time with CYT. Everyone really just has great values and you never need to worry about not having someone to talk to or sit with, because everyone is so welcoming.

How do you find the balance with school, acting, free time?
Sometimes it can be tough, but I really just have to focus on my time management skills with homework. Sometimes, I have to turn down certain social events for rehearsal or shows, but it’s worth it, because I’m having a blast!

What are you hobbies and interests out of school and acting?
I love to travel and play with my puppy. I also love hanging out and taking pictures with friends.

Do you have a favorite thing to do when you want to just “escape” ( I love to go for a walk)
My favorite way to “escape” is to listen to music!

What are your thoughts for after High School?
I definitely plan to attend college, and I’d love to pursue a career in musical theatre. I’m also interested in possibly being a music teacher.

Who is your role model and / or hero?
I adore Sutton Foster. (She’s starred in many shows on Broadway) She seems so kind and humble, and I really want to be like her.

What is your role in this performance and what are you most excited about in it?
I am playing Ariel. It’s a dream role, and I’m looking forward to playing it in Richmond’s premiering Disney version of this musical. Plus, I think it’s honestly any girl’s dream to be able to dress up like a princess and take on that character! (:

Can you share one of your most proud moments on stage?
To be honest, I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve had onstage, small and big roles alike!

Can you share some words of wisdom for those that are thinking about taking a class and maybe those that are in a class and wonder if they should continue?
CYT is a great way to improve your skills. Even if you are only a little bit interested, come out and try it!  You make SO many great friends, so it makes the experience all the better!  If you are already in a class, keep going! If you’ve taken a singing class, maybe try an acting class! If you’ve taken a dancing class, try a singing class! There are so many different aspects of theatre to explore. You won’t regret it!

In closing, tell us one of your favorite quotes.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!” –Dr. Seuss

Oliver tickets available now! Use this link 


I love how no matter what, Ally loves what she is doing and sticks with it. She gives up social events to do what she loves and even if it's for a small role. There are no small parts in theater only small actors. Keep up the good work and good luck in The Little Mermaid!
1 year, 8 months ago

Have your say