As a child I grew up living all around this beautiful country, but no matter where I was I never got close to living near New York. I was a kid who loved theatre living in places where professional shows were few and far between to see. Despite that I still found theatre through a number of different ways. I was lucky as a kid, and today I want to share my story of how I found theatre in towns other than New York.
Theatre is a staple amongst schools, and many of them have a program that puts on a show or a few little skits here and there. This is something I am beyond thankful for, and it has provided me an outlet in which I️ was able to discover theatre and all that it held.
I️ was never a child who watched things like the Tony awards every year. I️ wasn’t one to go and talk about my favorite actors for hours, but I️ did love to watch. I️ went and saw everything I️ could. My parents would take me to any show around that they could afford the tickets to. That was how I️ discovered so many of the beautiful scores that still run through my head to this very day. My parents provided my education by allowing me to see whatever they could, and I am always going to be grateful for that.
Once in high school I️ shifted gears a little bit and became even more of a self learner. I️ began to say yes to being involved in every aspect of the theatre possible. I️ was the first one there and the last to leave. I️ would go through the old plays and librettos left over from the early years of my school. I️ familiarized myself with everything from a technical aspect. All of this was not forced on me, and I️ had no obligation to learn any of what I️ did. I️ just had a passion.
I️ also dedicated myself to learning the great scores of the last century. One of my friends once told me to never keep anything but musical theatre on hand. That way I️ would always be forced to listen to it and I️ would begin to listen to I️t religiously. This has not changed in five years, and has lead me to learn about so much.
My education in theatre was one that came from so many different places, and I️ have been touched by so many. The people in my life are my ensemble and without them I️ wouldn’t be where I️ am today.