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Mohon student is NYSTI's Helen Keller

Macherone said this role is different for her and she enjoys being exposed to different characters and personas. She said normally she is a very giggly person, but she has had to learn to keep a straight face and remain serious while performing. Another challenge for her was the fact Keller was blind and she really isn't supposed to be able to see in her role.

"I normally do really happy, cheerful roles that are more like me," said Macherone. "This is different, because she is a very solemn person. It is a very serious role. I like that I had the new challenge."

Her family has also been very supportive of her, Macherone said. Recently she got a manager and she takes a lot of trips to New York City, which can be at the last minute, for acting roles.

While she wants to make it to Broadway eventually, she said she also would like to get acting roles in TV shows and movies.

"She was defiantly a Shirley Temple fan at 18 months old," said her mother. "She was singing before talking and dancing before walking."

The show previewed for a school audience on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. and for the public on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. The official opening was Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. and will run till Oct. 15. All performances are scheduled at the Schacht Fine Arts Center, 5 Division Street, on the campus of Russell Sage College.

"As far as performing in front of audience she is seasoned at that, but the challenge comes having her entire class come," said her mother.

Macherone doesn't seem to be too nervous about her upcoming performances though.

"I don't really get nervous; I plan on having fun," she said. "It is a lot less pressure when the lights are off in the theater and you don't know how is looking at you.""

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