Stephenville High School senior Coby Vandenberg has been involved in a variety of things this year including varsity theatre, choir and basketball and plans to pursue a career in creative, performing arts.
“It’s kind of cool being involved in so many things because there are different things I love about each of them. With basketball you really have to come together as a team all the time and then in theatre I spend so much time there working on things and that’s a huge part of my life now,” he said. “I love performing, it gave me a lot of confidence being on stage, and I’ve always loved to sing and love any kind of music.”
Being so involved in theatre Vandenberg has played many characters, but his most memorable role was that of Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain.
“It was super cool because way back when I was a little kid my grandma loved Singin’ in the Rain, that’s like her favorite movie, and we watched it all the time and so that was kind of my dream role,” he said. “It was really a dream come true.”
After high school Vandenberg will attend the University of North Texas in Denton and major in radio/television/film.
“I don’t know exactly what part of it I want to get in to, but I know I want to create and perform,” he said. “So that’s why I want to major in that and then take other classes to really figure out what’s best for me. I know it’s something creative in the performing arts.”
A big inspiration to Vandenberg has been his mother who has always supported his dreams.
“She always told me from a very young age, like when I first started singing, she told me I had a good voice and to not put it to waste. She worked and paid her way through trade school and now she has her own salon and works harder than anyone I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I never really knew what I wanted to do and going into movies, that’s a big dream to some people, but she told me, ‘I never thought I would own my own business and have people working for me, but I made it work and you have to understand you can do anything you want you just have to be ready to work,’ and she just really made me realize that if I can dream it I can do it.”
As high school comes to an end, it’s a bittersweet feeling for Vandenberg.
“I just keep realizing I won’t be here and won’t have all these wonderful connections I have,” he said. “I’m going to go to Denton and I’m going to miss that small town feel a lot. I really do like that basically everywhere I go I see someone I know. I’m going to miss all the people that I’ve befriended and have come to know.”