Hooley looking forward to bringing theatre and music into the spotlight
Growing up watching plays in Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre, Rose Hooley is now an active participant in the school’s theatre and musical productions. She will have another chance to take the stage, this time as a finalist for Queen Alalah LXXXII. Coronation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Hooley is the daughter of Lisa and the late Daniel Hooley. Grandparents are Jerald and Mary Ann Hooley of Arkansas City. Along with her step-brother, Frank Doolittle, she has a triplet brother and sister, Joe and Libby.
She lived in Winfield until the age of 8 when her family moved to Arkansas City. She got the acting and singing bug at a young age. Her first acting role came at age 11 when she played a munchkin in Arkansas City High School’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”. She also began to sing while in the middle school choir.
“I like getting on stage and entertaining people,” Hooley said. “I also like getting to work really hard for something and inspiring children.”
Hooley said she and her family have enjoyed the Arkalalah festivities since she was born.
“I enjoy the food and seeing all the people that come back for it,” Hooley said.
She had an opportunity to perform at one of the Arkalalah coronations while in high school as part of the Ark High Singers but never dreamed of being a queen finalist.
“I used to joke how silly I thought the whole concept was, but then I told my mom I was a candidate and she cried,” Hooley said. “Now, I want to have fun with it and I look forward to putting theatre and music in the spotlight.”
Being a part of Cowley College’s Music and Theatre Department’s have helped Hooley make lasting memories at the school.
“I have made more friends here than I have at any other school I have attended and have learned so much in the theatre department,” Hooley said. “I grew up watching plays in the Theatre and got inspired to pursue theatre. Coming to Cowley is the best choice I have made.”
After Cowley, Hooley plans to continue pursuing theatre and is applying at NYU (New York University) with the hopes of one day becoming an actress on Broadway.