I was a Theater Kid…

Once upon a time, I was a theater kid. A musical theater kid, to be exact. And I loved every second of it. I started a just a mere six years old and stopped two years ago. Deciding to stop was one of the hardest decisions of my life. College was just too important to be commuting back and forth a few days a week and it was draining. However, I miss it every day and would 100% go back once I graduate.

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My first show at age six. I was a frog in Alice in Wonderland
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors. (Peep me in the corner on the left)

Being a theater kid taught me so many valuable lessons that I still use today. Today I’m going to share a few.

1. You will be rejected
Probably the worst part of theater is being rejected (or maybe it’s when someone says “good luck” instead of “break a leg”…like what are you thinking??). You know, when you audition for a part you wanted so bad that you prepared for weeks in advanced? The part you wanted so bad that you basically memorized every line before your audition to prove to the director how good you were? Then remember at the audition when you thought you nailed it, and then someone who has just a bit more energy or experience came along and snatched it right up? It happens to the best of us. But, you learn that you can’t always get what you want and it kind of teaches you to work harder next time.

Bye Bye Birdie in 2009
Bye Bye Birdie in 2009

 

2. Time management is pretty important
There were times when I was younger when I was in three or four shows at a time. I had rehearsals five nights a week and I would go to school, come home and do homework, eat dinner, go to rehearsal for 4 hours, come home and shower, go to bed and repeat for months. It can take up a huge amount of time. And you always had to tell your non-theater friends “Sorry, I can’t. I have rehearsal tonight.”

I was Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty (My least favorite show I ever did)
I was Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty (My least favorite show I ever did)
I was Duffy in Annie (an orphan even though I was 16)
I was Duffy in Annie (an orphan even though I was 16)

 

3. You definitely break out of your shell
I know theater gave me a confidence that I’ll forever be grateful for. It really builds character and if you’re anything like me you’ll be way more confident around your cast mates rather than your friends. You’ll try new things and play new parts and it will be joyous because you’re gaining more confidence every second.

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Me as Agnes/Amanda in Gyspy! My favorite role/show I ever did

 

4. And lastly, you’ll probably meet the greatest people ever
I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many talented people throughout the years and the life-long friendships I’ve made are so wonderful. You’re all crazy and you all understand each other. You’re willing to get up in front of a bunch of people and sing together or do dances in front of crowds in restaurants after shows. They’re more than friends, they are family.

The cast of Gypsy in 2012
The cast of Gypsy in 2012

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is your dream role? My is totally Dainty June in Gypsy or the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat! (My two favorite shows!)

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