Entertainment

Raleigh girl is cancer survivor, veteran performer

Posted September 28, 2010 2:27 p.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2010 6:31 p.m. EDT

— At the age of 10, Alexa Robertson, of Raleigh, is a veteran performer. She has been a competitive dancer since she was 6 and starred in local theater productions.

“My biggest passion is musical theater. I can really show my character in the song. It really helps with acting and just having fun,” Alexa said Tuesday.

Alexa was recently cast in a revival of the musical "Ruthless,” which has been presented to producers in the hopes of becoming a Broadway show next year.

“It’s a show about a girl who has huge dreams and is letting nothing get in her way,” she said.

Though she is young, Alexa knows about battling to achieve your dreams. At 4 years old, she was diagnosed with cancer.

“I had a Wilms tumor, which is a cancer that forms in your kidney,” she said.

Alexa went through grueling chemotherapy and radiation.

“If you could go back to four years ago and see what she went through, it's amazing to see that she's as happy and spirited as she is today,” Alexa’s mother, Jennifer Robertson, said.

Alexa is now cancer-free.

“If I’ve gotten through that, I can try other things,” she said.

Alexa said her dream is to grow up and be a doctor or a Broadway star. “Or a dancing doctor,” she said.

Alexa will be in the North Carolina Theatre's production of "A Christmas Story” starting in December.