TAYLOR COLEMAN Age 11. Role: Marta, 7.
The San Diego native plays piano and violin and is a competitive gymnast. She eyes a long red-carpeted hallway outside the Concert Hall and says: “Since I’m not warmed up, I could probably do one round-off and three back handsprings right now. If I’m warmed up, I can do one round-off and seven back handsprings to a back tuck. There’s a video of me doing it. I don’t know where it is.”
As it happens, she’s old pals with castmate Elliot Weaver — they both appeared for three seasons in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, where show director Jack O’Brien is artistic director emeritus.
Anything she doesn’t like about touring? “Leaving the tour to go home,” Taylor says. “I love it so much I never want to leave.”
She does admit to a challenge: “The first time I heard ‘The Sound of Music’ reprise, my harmony’s in the middle.” She hums a tricky line. “I’m like, I’m never going to be able to do this! But now I know it by heart.”
Field trips are scheduled at almost every stop for the kids, and Taylor liked the history of toys in Rochester’s Strong Museum of Play. The group’s visit to underground caverns outside Hershey, Pa., sounds memorable, too.
“It’s dark and kind of scary,” she says. “They asked us to sing, so we sang ‘The Sound of Music’ down there. It echoed. It was really cool.”