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Lexington teen a star in the making as local film's lead

Caitlyn Capriette will study theater at the University of Kentucky this fall, but she's  gotten quite a head start as the troubled lead in the locally produced film No Lost Cause.
Caitlyn Capriette will study theater at the University of Kentucky this fall, but she's gotten quite a head start as the troubled lead in the locally produced film No Lost Cause.

Caitlyn Capriette is fine with waiting for her coffee companion to get his chai latte as long as she has Third Street Stuff's magnetic poetry wall to play with.

"What if we were told ... " she has assembled, and then she spots "peaches," and asks for the magnet.

For the 18-year-old Lexington home schooler, the movable words are just another way to raise her voice, which she has been doing quite a bit recently as a musician, both in area theater productions and now in a new Kentucky-produced, faith-based film.

No Lost Cause, which will have its premiere Friday night at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, features Capriette in the starring role and as the singer and songwriter of the title tune.

Music was what actually came first for Capriette, the daughter of Heritage Baptist Church pastor Greg Waltermire, who says she was singing in church since she can remember. (Capriette is a stage name, which we will explain in a few paragraphs.)

"I was obsessed with music to a point where I had no choice but to start making it," Capriette says. "I wasn't content just singing other people's songs anymore. I had things to say."

And No Lost Cause is a movie with things to say. Written by Rachael Yeager and co-directed by her and Ashley Raymer-Brown, it is an unabashedly faith-based film about a young woman who suffers a life-altering injury in an automobile accident. Forced to live with her estranged father, she lashes out at God and all the people around her but receives unconditional love from one man.

Capriette and Raymer-Brown met last spring when they were playing supporting roles in The Woodford Theatre's production of Once Upon a Mattress. That was a debut role for Capriette, who has since appeared in a few other shows, including Actors Guild of Lexington's production of Tommy. Capriette has not played a lead onstage, but Raymer-Brown says she saw something in Capriette that convincer her Capriette was the right person to play her movie's damaged soul.

"She has such a natural talent," Raymer-Brown says. "She was nervous the first few days, but then she settled into it."

One thing Capriette brought to the part was sympathy for what is an unsympathetic character for much of the film. Part of that comes from Capriette's own struggles with anorexia and depression.

"There are moments where she is being very bitter and spiteful, and I know where that comes from," she says of her character. "It doesn't make it right, but I understand it."

The title tune to No Lost Cause, which actually gave the previously untitled film a name, came from one of those dark periods. But Capriette says depression is not her muse.

"I'm really jealous of people who can write a bunch of sad and angry music and it helps them because, for me, it's more crippling," she says. At those moments, "I don't want to write a thing because you feel like all you're making is trash."

But Capriette says music and acting have helped her overcome her depression, which is part of the reason she took on a stage moniker.

"I was a very different person than I am sitting here," says Capriette, who will be a freshman at the University of Kentucky in the fall, studying theater. "It was noticeable to people who know me as a giant break between the two people — Caitlyn Waltermire, who struggled with an eating disorder for five years and was very sad all the time, and the one who was singing on stage and writing music."

If Capriette's stage career continues on its current trajectory, audiences can expect to hear more from the latter Caitlyn in years to come.