Local actor, Dixie Middle School student, set for big screen debut

ST. GEORGE — Caroline Labrum has been acting since she was a young girl, getting her first big role in “Les Miserables” at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins. Since then, the 15-year-old has had roles on the television dramas “Criminal Minds” and “Granite Flats” and is set to make her feature film debut Friday when the movie “Saturday’s Warrior” opens in theaters across Utah.

“Saturday’s Warrior” will have a limited early opening Thursday at Pineview Theaters, 2376 E. Red Cliffs Drive in St. George.

Caroline Labrum at the early opening of Saturday's Warrior in Sandy, Utah, March 30, 2016 | Photo by Inger Labrum, St. George News
Caroline Labrum at the early opening of “Saturday’s Warrior” in Sandy, Utah, March 30, 2016 | Photo by Inger Labrum, St. George News

Labrum, a freshman student at Dixie Middle School, also recently finished filming a role in the movie “The Elving Project” which has not yet been released.

When Glenn and Inger Labrum asked their children what they wanted to do, 5-year-old Caroline had no hesitation.

“I want to sing on a stage,” she recalled telling her parents.

They signed her up for children’s theater and the first performance was “The Wizard of Oz.” When Labrum and her parents spoke to the director, they were told that Caroline would be perfect for the role of a munchkin, but she had other ideas.

“I think I’d make a good Dorothy,” she said.

Two years later Labrum auditioned for “Les Miserables” at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts and was given the role of understudy for the part of young Cosette. Initially director Scott S. Anderson was hesitant to cast someone so young, Labrum said, but he tested her by asking her to sing in front of a women’s conference. She aced the test.

“I felt fine, like I wasn’t scared or anything,” Labrum said.

As an understudy, Labrum had a select amount of performances, but said she remembers being very excited for her solos.

“I just remember coming out and just seeing everybody just look at me,” she said. “I just loved it so much.”

Caroline Labrum at the early opening of Saturday's Warrior in Sandy, Utah, March 30, 2016 | Photo by Inger Labrum, St. George News
Caroline Labrum at the early opening of “Saturday’s Warrior” in Sandy, Utah, March 30, 2016 | Photo by Inger Labrum, St. George News

After her role in “Les Miserable,” she then was cast as the part of Molly in “Annie” at Tuacahn. A talent agent saw her performance and asked her to try out for a part in the Disney television movie “Den Brother.” There was only a small chance she would land the role, she said, but despite that, she got the part.

Inger Labrum said seeing the growth of her daughter has been a wonderful experience.

“We have loved every minute watching Caroline sing, dance and perform both on stage and in film,” she said. “The best part of her having success is that she loves doing it so much. These experiences have helped her become the wonderful young woman she is today.”

Filming “Saturday’s Warrior” has been her favorite acting experience so far, Caroline Labrum said.

“It was just a really spiritual experience,” she said.

 

Event Details

  • What: Local screening of Saturday’s Warrior
  • When: Thursday, March 31, at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.
  • Where: Pineview Stadium movie theater

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3 Comments

  • ladybugavenger March 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Help me out here. The story says she is 15 and a freshmen at Dixie middle school. Is that suppose to say Dixie high school? I’ve been out of the school system for a long time but 15 and in middle school sounds crazy

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic March 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Double-verified, Lady Bug. Dixie Middle School enrolls students in eighth and ninth grades; ninth-graders are considered freshmen.
      Reasonable question and we are always glad to answer. 😀
      Joyce
      EIC

      • ladybugavenger March 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

        I understand now. Thanks Joyce for clearing that up for me

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