One of my first memories at Stage 212 was in the summer of 1997 during the show, Brigadoon. I was cast in the children's choir and loved every minute! I was taught the importance of the "cheesy smile" from Mike Garcia, learned dances from Mr. Paul, met some of my future best friends, watched the show while taking mental notes for when it would be my turn to take the spotlight, learned how to shuffle cards, watched Sandlot in the Red Room, and learned what it meant to be apart of a group that was working toward a common goal. That is the best thing about Stage 212, we don't just put on shows and have a good time. We teach life lessons, random skills, and make friendships, all while working toward a common goal of entertaining the community.
I had an opportunity to act at Stage 212 during my last spring before I moved away. I even landed a lead on my first try. I played Susan in 2012's Don't Drink the Water. I can say I've never had more fun. There is a photo... somewhere.... of me during our rehearsal when I was first confronted with the best prop I've ever seen. Larry Kelsey on a copy of Time Magazine. I'm clearly cracking up and trying to remain in character. I can only hope someone still has that magazine.