A Columbiana native is about to hit the big time taking the stage for in Washington D.C.

Columbiana High School Class of 2021 graduate, and sophomore at American University, Ava Wilson will be performing as the lead in for the second time at American University, taking the stage at the Greenburg Theater.

21 News spoke with Ava's mother, Leah Wilson, who tells us Ava started playing the piano in the Valley under the studio of Elizabeth Masternick of Canfield. She was also a former ballet student and dancer at Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown, as well as a member of the Holy Family School Choir in Poland.

"She really attributes what she learned in the Youngstown area to her success today," Leah said.

Ava will be performing as the lead role in "Once," whose main character is a signer-songwriter who plays the piano, which Leah says channels her daughter's talents perfectly.

"I am so happy to be able to perform a role that has a beautiful piano score while being a part of this incredible cast as 'The Girl,'" Ava said.

Ava's mother says her daughter is grateful for the support and encouragement from back home and that some local supporters are taking a motor coach to Washington D.C. to see the show.

Opening night is Thursday, March 30 and the show will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When asked for any final comments, Ava's mother had just one thing to say to her daughter: "Break a leg!"