I’ve adored theatre for as long as I can remember. From writing plays throughout elementary school, to being involved in Drama Club in middle school, to performing in community theatre in high school, and to visiting the theatre as often as I could from the very beginning, theatre has always been a part of my life. Every aspect of it engages me: the directors working to bring their vision of the show’s scenes, choreography, or music to life, the actors transforming into different characters through their expression of dialogue, song, or dance, the costumers and set-builders transporting the audience into the setting and time period with their artistry, the backstage tech and crew working quickly and precisely to keep the show flowing to curtain call, and the orchestra bringing the show to life through music. There is nothing like the experience of live theatre, both as a member of the audience and as a member of the cast and crew.
As a shy, reserved student, I found myself blossoming through the stage. I fell in love with the stage and auditioned for the middle school's play, A Christmas Carol. Fortunately, I was casted in the performance. I loved the experience so much that I auditioned for the next year's play and musical and got a part in those as well. The more time I spent on stage, the more confident I became. I felt like the stage was where I belonged. I had a passion for theater that began to distinguish like a flame when I entered high school.
When I think of things that represent who I am, the one thing that always comes to mind is a stage. During my time in high school I was involved in the theatre department and I always seemed to take part in anything that had to do with acting. Acting became the one thing that I could count on to help me escape from my hard realities. Stepping on that stage and feeling the hot lights burn down on my skin made me feel invincible. Getting that rush of nerves that made my stomach churn always simmered away as I fed off of the audience’s energy. Once I got started I couldn’t be stopped. Being on that stage took me to another world every night with the rich smells of the buttered popcorn and concession candy. I didn’t have to think about any of my
Running, wrestling, singing, forging, and working with my hands to create works of art are all interests that contribute to who I am. But any description of myself would be incomplete without discussing my involvement in theater. Over the last four years, I have had the amazing opportunity to become adopted into a family of loving, talented actors, who make up the Nooksack Valley Drama Department. This has been the greatest influence for growth in my life to prepare me for college and my future. It has directed me on my current path to becoming a confident leader and a reliable worker.
During my high school experience, I have truly embraced the arts, specifically performing arts. Tri-School Theatre (an extra-curricular, educational theatre program) has been a great opportunity where I have been able to appreciate my talents while learning about theatre with other students. Being an active leader in this program, I constantly collaborate with students for rehearsals and events; after my junior year of high school, I was nominated to be an assistant director for a children’s production, Aladdin Jr. Having much enthusiasm for the arts and promoting theatre at school, I was thrilled with this opportunity. Theatre has strengthened my self-confidence,
I saw my first Broadway show at only seven years old and have seen over ten more since then, due to the fact I live only two hours away from New York City by train. I always enjoyed theatre, but I didn’t grow the deep love I have for it now until acting became a career option. I spent a week of the summer completely in the business world of theatre and came out knowing I had to be an actress. I dived into all things Broadway, bought as many albums as I could, watched as many interviews as possible, saved up to see more shows, but even with all of this love for
When first starting; theatre only seemed like a hobby. Performing did not sound like an ideal career for my life. Being familiar with performing, joining theatre seemed to be a simple task. Prior to high school, my only experience was a play in middle school, but no performances that made my heart yearn for more. Freshman year, I took theatre as a class, but was not interested in getting involved with events outside of the course. After a year of convincing from my teacher and peers, we settled on an agreement that I would audition for the upcoming show my sophomore year: Tarzan. After auditioning, being cast, and beginning to work with my director and peers, I felt a renowned connection to those around me, and to the art itself. After our first full run of the show, the flame was ignited. There were fireworks; a feeling that had never experienced in all my years of performing. At last, the passion was coming from within. From that point I was excited to watch my theatre career kick off: but that wasn’t the case. That wasn’t the case at
After exploring extracurricular activities my freshman and sophomore year, the abstract beauty of the performing arts enraptured my heart. Keeping theatre in high esteem, I anticipated and prepared for our success in exhilaration. My schedule revolved around our performances, and consequently, I eliminated any conflicts with rehearsals. To ensure the maximum potential of every one of our shows, I allocated all my spare time into productions. I once stayed at school well past 10 at night painting the stage with my director to guarantee we polished our set to perfection. The work ethic I instigated
I began screaming my head off, ultimately waking up my entire household. I can remember the beating of my heart, sweaty palms and shaky voice. Reality then began to sink in that the musical would be on my shoulders. In that moment I began to doubt myself. I only had the experience of two plays and being in the ensemble of a musical. Could I do this? And even so how did come they chose someone like me? A million negative thoughts began running through my head, and looking back, those thoughts motivated me to work my hardest in order to prove that I belonged. Taking that last bow on the transformed stage changed my life
I had to practice audition songs and study my monologues relentlessly. I remember the first time that he really pushed me out of my comfort zone when I was cast as Ellerd in The Foreigner my freshman year. My director sat me down and had a candid talk with me, “Hey, this is a big role for a little person like you. I’m going to be hard on you because if you want these kinds of roles, this is where it will begin.” This was an instant wake up call. Opening night reared its ugly head, and everyone was going through their pre-show routine. As I was getting miced up, my director found me and had another one of his famous talks, “This is a big night for you, your first big role. I want you to know that I’m going to be your biggest cheerleader out there tonight. But these past few weeks rehearsing and practicing are finally going to pay off. And I want you to know that your performance tonight will show me if you are ready for the big leagues next year. So don’t be nervous, you’ll do great.” As I was entranced by his words, it finally hit me: he wants me to be in the future productions. He must really see me as an asset to the theater department. Maybe the stage is where I belong. Maybe I’ll really blow his mind with this performance, and that's exactly what I did. I nailed every line, the dialogue flowing out of me, almost like there was no script. As we finished our curtain call, we all stumbled off the stage to meet our audience for autographs and the occasional picture, but as I was leaving to greet my fans, my director stopped me with the biggest grin on his face. He explained how proud he was. I showed him exactly what he wanted.. Because of that performance, Mr. Nesseth saw me in a whole new way that gave me confidence and the foundation for greater
My first “real” rejection my freshman year was the best thing that could have happened to me. Because of that, I joined costuming. There, I was taught the wonders of hard work and the importance of dedication and focus. Shortly after, I was cast in my first show. The Velveteen Rabbit opened my eyes to the endless possibility of performance and nurtured my love for the craft. My directors, Mr. Olson, Deb, and Suzie have not only provided me with tools to continue in this direction, but have inspired me daily since that first rejection. I am beyond thankful for all of my time spent with Eden Prairie Theater Department. Thank you for the opportunities to fail and the opportunities to grow. Most of all, thank you to all of the amazing people who
During the Spring of 2015, I had a very substantial alteration to my life. It was my first year in the world of Technical Theatre. I had a slight interest in sound, but I was floating along with whatever came my way. I found myself deemed the sound designer for Dana Brown Mainstage Theater’s production, “[title of show]”. This position was a large responsibility for me, as I found this class very crucial and beneficial to a possible future career. I had never imagined the places this show would take me, even after the show ended. This show was the base of my learning and growth as a sound designer. “[title of show]” gave me the confidence to conquer my fear of being incorrect. Along the way, I learned about problem solving, self-esteem, and
As an actor, it is not surprising that my creative side is artistic. I love acting and the freedom of living life any way I want within the confines of the script. I also developed another creative side utilizing an online app called Vine.