Importance Of Theatre Characters In My Life

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There are many musical theatre characters that resemble: Summer from School of Rock, Marcy from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but I see myself the most in Frank Abagnale, a con artist in Catch Me If You Can. Frank spends the course of the show pretending to be someone else, finding jobs that he has no qualifications for. He passes the bar exam without going to law school, becomes a pilot without flying experience and works as a doctor without any medical knowledge. Like Frank, I often pretend to be another person and I end up being successful even though I should not be. Unlike Frank, my pastime is a bit more legal: theatre. I auditioned for my first show in August of 2009 and in that moment, my life changed. At nine years old I was hopelessly uncoordinated and woefully socially inept, a product of my Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. I had a unique brain and was often described as ‘bright but quiet.’ My teachers and parents had no idea what to do with me, I failed at every sport attempted and had no discernable artistic talent. I was an unlikely candidate for theatre, different from the graceful dancers and extroverted actors I was surrounded by. But theatre gave me things that no doctor, teacher or therapist could. Through theatre I, though at a slower pace than my peers, came to understand humans. After countless hours of rehearsal and lessons on character development, I slowly learned what each facial expression meant and how body language signaled another

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