I was bit by the bug in 4th grade. I was told by a friend that they were going to do the show A Christmas Carol. I loved singing and dancing and just being the center of attention. Her mom brought me with her to the auditions. When I got there, I learned that the director was a good friend of my family, Jon. He put me in my first show. I remember running around back stage with the other kids, and learning what it meant to have to shake your clothes and shoes before putting them on. I dont have very many memories of who the adults were in the show. But in the last few weeks, i have crossed paths with others who were invovled in the show and done new shows with them! The most important thing I learned that winter, something that I really didn’t understand at that young age yet, was the feeling of family that could be more than blood.
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.