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Saturday, October 25, 2014
12-year-old is more than just a singer
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Courtesy Shane Pallotta
Alyssa Pallotta, 12, at the Carnesecca Arena in Queens, home of the St. John’s University basketball team, where she performed the national anthem on Nov. 13.

But it doesn’t stop there — Alyssa is also a talented athlete. She runs track and plays soccer, and even recently took up kickboxing. In fact, last month, Alyssa injured her toe during a soccer game, but still drove down the field and scored a goal. After the game, she found out that prior to scoring the goal, she had broken her toe. “I didn’t know my toe was broken because I didn’t feel the pain at first,” she said.

The most interesting part about her, though, is that she said her future career lies outside the realm of singing, acting and athletics. When she grows older, she wants to pursue architecture and interior design. “I like to design my own house,” said Alyssa, who said she rearranges her room all the time just for fun.

To accommodate her many talents, Shane said the family has begun looking into performing arts schools, and soon they will attend an open house for the Long Island High School of the Arts in Syosset. “It concentrates on the arts as a whole. Not just the singing but the writing and the poetry,” he said.

But regardless of where she ends up, her singing ability is still what attracts her the most attention. Recently, Alyssa received an offer from a local record producer to record a song he had written. But the 12-year-old said she wishes to make her own way in her career. “I prefer to build up my own reputation by doing it myself,” she said.

Alyssa added that although she does not want to revolve her life around singing, she does have aspirations to one day perform on Broadway, and she said she would be interested in auditioning for The X-Factor, the nationally televised show that allows kids as young as 13-years-old to perform.

To watch Alyssa perform live, catch Seussical the Musical at Temple B’nai Torah on 2900 Jerusalem Avenue in Wantagh, for performances on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Dec, 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. For tickets call (516) 557-6288. “My character is kind of crazy,” said Alyssa. “So I’m going to get to do some crazy things that are going to be fun.”

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