Young Charlotte Area star Abby Corrigan hits the ABC screen

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Abigale Corrigan has a resume that stretches a mile long. It reads as if she has been in the “industry” for years, yet the Northwest School of the Arts student is only 13 years old. This Sunday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m., Abigale “Abby” will star in the Hallmark Premiere “A Smile as Big as the Moon” on ABC.
The movie, which stars Sex & the City character, John Corbett, is based on the memoir by teacher Mike Kersjes in the 1980′s. It gives an inside look into the way one educator empowered special needs students by fighting for them to go to Space Camp, a competitive education program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The students, who were often bullied by others, find compassion and respect from everyone. Abby plays “Lisa Burke,” a 14-year-old special needs student in the ninth-grade. She said the character has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bi-polar disorder.

Like a true professional, she found herself prepared and ready for the filming of the movie which took place in Wilmington, N.C., and Alabama. She said the key is to, “read everything and develop my character. What she looks like, what she sounds like. I look at the script and study it.”

The eighth-grade student is all about business when it comes to her acting career. Abby and her friend, Matt Mitchell, opened their own nonprofit theater group, “Treehouse Acting Company.” It is an opportunity they created to help expose young kids to the stage in local theater.

Ultimately, her goal is to be on Broadway and star in lots of films, however she is still taking it one step at time looking to perfect her craft before aiming to perform in shows like “Rent.” Abby said she will complete her studies at NWSA and then attend North Carolina School of the Arts or The Juilliard in New York City.

Although Abby is a busy working girl, she is still an everyday kid.

“I think I am different, but I think everyone here at Northwest is different. I found that I belong here. We’re a unique group of people who are fearless!” said Abby. “But on the weekends … I just like to hang out with friends and have water fights.

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