“People say there’s never a dull moment with me. I don’t know what that means, but I’ll go with it.”

Alex Smith is a character, and from the moment you meet him, you know he’s commanding the room. Though he may have a quiet demeanor at times, he shines on stage and behind the microphone.

“There’s been a long line of Smiths at Loyola and over half of them played a sport,” he said. “That didn’t work out for me. I had to find my own lane.”

Smith, an 18-year-old senior at Loyola College Prep, started theater when he was a sophomore. Growing up in the church (his father is a pastor), Smith was always surrounded by singing and the choir. He credits his theater teacher, Laura Nugent, for bringing him out his comfort zone.

“I didn’t know I was an actor,” he said. “I just liked to sing.”

Smith’s favorite performer? Beyonce, hands down. But when it comes to other songbirds, he prefers Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston to more modern artists.

His goal after high school is to attend Centenary College for voice, and while he may not major in theater, he’s definitely going to shine in the spotlight.

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