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Balancing act for a girl's first theater gig

Brooke Laine peeks out of The City Center

Brooke Laine peeks out of The City Center in Manhattan where she performs in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013) Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Life has certainly been different for South Setauket's 6-year-old Brooke Ashley Laine since she checked into "The Madrid," the hotel that's also the title of the Off-Broadway play she appears in with Edie Falco. The show runs through May 5 at City Center Stage 1 in Manhattan.

Brooke Ashley Laine, 6, smiles for the camera,
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Ashley Laine, 6, smiles for the camera, happy to be home in South Setauket with her brother Mason, 10, and her parents, Phil and Beth. In another day, she will be on her way back to Manhattan for another week of performing. (April 14, 2013)

Brooke Laine peeks out of The City Center
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine peeks out of The City Center in Manhattan where she performs in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, naps in the car on
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, naps in the car on the way home to South Setauket after spending the week in Manhattan where she is performing in a play with Edie Falco at The City Center. When she is not performing she is often doing advertising or magazine photo shoots. (April 14, 2013)

Brooke hugs her brother, Mason, 10, whom she
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke hugs her brother, Mason, 10, whom she has not seen all week. He and the family dog are two big things she misses about not being home. (April 14, 2013)

Brooke Laine jumps out of her dad's car
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine jumps out of her dad's car upon arriving home in South Setauket eager to see her 10-year old brother Mason and the family dog. (April 14, 2013)

A head shot of Brooke Laine and her
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

A head shot of Brooke Laine and her resume lay on a table in her father's office at their home in South Setauket. (April 14, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, her mother Beth, brother Mason,
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, her mother Beth, brother Mason, 10, and the family dog walk around their covered pool at their home in South Setauket after Brooke finally is able to spend some time at home at the end of the week. The rest of the week Brooke lives in Manhattan so that she can perform in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 14, 2013)

Brooke Laine jumps on her bed in South
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine jumps on her bed in South Setauket after spending the week in Manhattan in a rented apartment and sleeping on an air mattress. (April 14, 2013)

Beth Laine checks old calendars, this one for
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Beth Laine checks old calendars, this one for February, that she made to help organize the family since her daughter Brooke, 6, landed a role in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." ( April 14, 2013)

Beth Laine sits at the kitchen table of
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Beth Laine sits at the kitchen table of her home in South Setauket where she goes over the busy April calendar for her family. Behind her, playing in the kitchen is her daughter Brooke who has just returned home after spending the week in Manhattan performing in an Off-Broadway play. (April 14, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, walks with her father Phil
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, walks with her father Phil to her evening performance of "The Madrid" at The City Center at 131 West 55th St. in Manhattan. She performs matinees and evening performances. Her father takes over caring for her on Friday night until the drive home to South Setauket on Sunday. Brooke and her Mom go back to Manhattan so she can start another week of performances on Tuesday. (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, is home-schooled by her mother
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, is home-schooled by her mother Beth at the Manhattan apartment that the family rents while Brooke is performing in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013)

Head shots and a Playbill of 6-year-old Brooke
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Head shots and a Playbill of 6-year-old Brooke Laine from South Setauket lie on a table in her father's office at their home in South Setauket. In addition to her stage work, Brooke does photo shoots for companies and ad agencies. (April 5, 2013)

Brooke walks up the stairs at The City
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke walks up the stairs at The City Center where she will be met by a "wrangler" who looks after her at the theater when she is not onstage in the play "The Madrid." Brooke does not leave the theater until after the cast's curtain call at the end of the performance. (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine does an impromptu handstand in the
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine does an impromptu handstand in the lobby of The City Center where she is performing in "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine walks with her mother Beth in
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine walks with her mother Beth in Manhattan on their way to her agent's office in the Chelsea neighborhood. (April 12, 2013)

Beth Laine laughs with her daughter Brooke, 6,
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Beth Laine laughs with her daughter Brooke, 6, over lunch at a coffee shop in Manhattan. Earlier in the day Brooke had a photo shoot for a clothing company. In a few hours Brooke will be on stage for her evening performance at the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, lets off steam with her
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, lets off steam with her mother Beth in a subway station after the photo shoot in TriBeCa for an advertising agency. (April 12, 2013)

Brooke rests in the subway with her mother
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke rests in the subway with her mother Beth Laine after finishing a photo shoot in TriBeCa. (April 12, 2013)

Brooke Laine, 6, stands underneath the poster outside
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Brooke Laine, 6, stands underneath the poster outside The City Center at 131 West 55th St. in Manhattan where she is performing in the Off-Broadway play "The Madrid." (April 12, 2013)

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