TAY­LOR COLE­MAN Age 11. Role: Marta, 7.

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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.”

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