February 24, 2012
I started acting in eighth grade when I was pulled to a drama club meeting by a friend. Being new to the world of theater, I had no idea how the whole thing worked, and I didn't know anything about theater. It was fun, I knew that much. I was in four shows in Jr. High (two were musicals) and figured it was just something fun I was going to do on the side of the rest of my life. However, one day in ninth grade, my mother mentioned how two of the girls I had been acting with at school had started working with Acme Theater Company, and she had thought that since I enjoyed theater, I should try out for their spring show. Now, while I happen to be one of the weirdest people around (which I enjoy being) and did like theater, I have always been kind of shy around new people, and I didn't have many friends. I also wasn't sure if theater was something I really LOVED. So, I told my mother I would think about it. I didn't audition for the show, but I did go and see it. It was As You Like It, and it was great. It looked like it had been so fun to do, and I was extremely sore with myself for not auditioning for a very long time. I learned that Acme would be doing the Three Musketeers during the summer, and I knew that there was no way I was going to miss out on that. I showed up to auditions, and it seemed everyone knew everyone else, or at least knew someone there. Except me. I was close to turning around when I saw some people I knew in the corner, and made a quick cross over there. They went around and talked to people, and I quietly followed, wondering what I had gotten myself into. But I met some really cool people that day, and ended up having loads of fun. Over the summer, the fun continued and I fell in love with Acme and acting. I started working with the company through the new season, working stage management, ushering and acting. I can't help but think sometimes what my life would have been like if I hadn't stepped out of my comfort zone. I'm no longer afraid of walking into a new situation where I don't know anyone, I have something to do after school and during the summer, and I've become friends with people I would have never met if I hadn't walked into the DHS vocal room that summer day. More importantly, I've found a passion for something that I never would have, and with that new doors were opened to things I never knew I loved. Acme has changed my life dramatically, and for the better. I know it will continue to change my life, and I want it to. If I could type how much I loved this company, and how much it has changed my life, it would go on forever. Acme is the best thing that could have happened to my life, the people are some of the best people I could ever know, and it's an experience I will never forget.
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