“It’s not the object, it’s the value, the magic that you get when you do what sets you free.”
My appreciation for theater began with my passion
for storytelling while playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. Even if the voices I use are bad or if everyone laughs, it’s part of the entertaining experience. My friend signed me up for drama draft last year, and it was my first time acting on a stage.
As it turns out they liked me a lot and didn’t believe me when I said I had never acted before. I was in a few plays and it was an experience I never want to replicate. I couldn’t, even if I tried.
I played a part in Pippin, and still have heartache when I look back on it. Pippin was such a beautiful experience and the songs were greater than anything the world could have created. Partly, because I knew the emotion and backstage passions behind every breath of the actor.
Even the non-musical plays were astounding, and I struggle to convey the height of my love for them. Stop Kiss was a small cast, so we were very close.
The days of rehearsal weren’t perfect, and life got in the way for several members of the cast, including me. I had strep with 103 fever two days before the performance, but we came through and every moment was still amazing.
Every play I perform in stays with me as a weight in my heart and soul, something not to be treasured; but I treasure it all the same. Passion, love, companionship, pain, loss, laughter, will, sacrifice, drive, bonds, and a never-ending feeling of magic. That last one, the feeling of magic, never ever stops.
I can’t give what I received from theatre to anyone. In fact, they may not even find it themselves. However, it’s not the object, it’s the value, the magic that you get when you do what sets you free.
The stage, it’s just a thing – a tool. It’s just the catalyst to take you where you long to be.