She’s just a normal kid
But what Kipnes wants you to know is that she’s a normal kid. She loves to read, draw, watch horror movies and hang out with her non-theater friends. She has two siblings, an older sister, Kyle, who is 16, and 10-year-old brother named Asher. They don’t put her on a pedestal, and they don’t really get why she does what she does.
“Asher’s first question, whenever Colby books a gig,” says their mom, Karen Kipnes, “is, ‘how many times do I have to see this?”
And like a child who is very committed to their chosen activity, she’s busy. “My schedule is very packed,” she says. She has voice lessons three times a week, works with a performance coach and an acting teacher, and she dances five days a week. Plus, there are auditions, rehearsals, performances, etc.
“Try to not cough during the Crucifixion scene…”
On stage, Kipnes has had her share of follies. There was the time where she was center stage during a performance of “Godspell,” ran and fell flat on her back. Of course, that was the one night the show was recorded. Or, there was the time she ran downstairs to do a dance number for a show and one of her shoes came off. She didn’t have time to put it back on so she did the entire number wearing one shoe. But the most memorable was when she was sick, but performing in “Godspell.” And, as they say, the show must go on.
“I was sick, and had a bad cough,” Kipnes remembers. “I had to be onstage the entire time, so I snuck throat lozenges into all of my pockets. Before the show began, the director was like, ‘can you try not to cough during the Crucifixion scene because it’s very distracting?’”
Kipnes’ dream is to be on Broadway, and she’s come close. Two years ago, she was one of three finalists to play young Elsa in “Frozen”– the two other girls got the part. But she’s not yet sure what she wants to do when she grows up.
“I know I can’t be a full-time actor because I won’t always have a job,” she says. “But I would like to be a part of the business, even if it’s not as a full-time actor. Maybe I’ll be a director or a casting director or something like that. I just know that I would like to still be linked to the business in some way.”
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