Emily McCabe

Emily McCabe lived life with a song in her heart. A lively young girl, Emily had an infectious love for performing. Although never shy when asked to dance the jig or belt out a song, Emily was happiest when she could perform with others, especially through musical theatre. She had the privilege of performing in the LWCT production of "The Sound of Music" and the Oak Lawn Theatre's production of "Annie". A member of the children’s chorus in both shows, Emily attended each rehearsal with great enthusiasm and loved every moment preparing for both productions. She learned a great deal through her interaction with the many talented people involved in each musical. She was working hard to develop her own talent and high hopes of landing a lead role someday. With her great determination, and an even stronger love for performing, we are certain she would have achieved her dream.

In her short life, Emily explored many of the arts. Along with "The Sound of Music" and "Annie", she also performed in LWCT's Concert on the Green entitled "Memoirs of the 80's" and Missoula Children Theatre's production of "Cinderella". Second only to her love for theatre was her love for Irish dance. She was a member of the Mullane Academy of Irish Dance. She played the piano, took tap and ballet and sang with the Cantate Children's Choir.
One of Emily's favorite activities was organizing shows in her family's basement. She had a unique ability to involve whomever was present and encouraged even the quietest of her friends to join in and sing. She brought happiness and music wherever she went. The summer theatre camp would have delighted Emily. Giving any child who loves to perform the opportunity to learn about theatre and be part of a big show would have made her so very happy. Emily's spirit and love for the theatre will live on through each child performing in the productions.

As Emily's Godfather stated so eloquently in her eulogy, "This stage on earth was not big enough for Emily McCabe, and she has moved on to the really big show in heaven. Break a leg, Emily!"