Today I decided to talk about something a little more personal to me and that is theatre. The theater, the theater, what’s happened to the theater? Well I don’t think anythings happened per se, but I do think that it needs to remain important to everyone. Seriously, even as I’m writing this I’m listening to On Broadway on Sirius XM 72 and if you have XM radio do yourself a favor and listen to it! Not an ad, I just love this radio station…
Growing up I’ve always loved theater and I was lucky that I lived near a city that allowed me to see a lot of theater from a very young age. I remember going to see shows at the Muny and the Fox and I’ve always loved it. I would (and still do) binge one cast album at a time, listening to it until I knew all the words or until the CD wore out. I would make my dad play Beauty and the Beast or the Little Mermaid, where my dad would play Flounder and I was Ariel, of course.
I could write a whole book chapter about all the little theater and acting games I would play with my family and even with my toys but I’ll spare you all the details. Long story short I’ve always love musicals and theater and since a young age I knew that I wanted to do what all these people I’d see on stage doing. I wanted to be in a show.
Naturally I grew up taking dance classes and started being in musicals and plays, but I’ve always loved performing. Theater was a vital part of my upbringing and I know that it is for many others. Most of my friends and me in grade school obsessed over the Wicked soundtrack, and I had the “Popular” baseball t-shirt that I wore to death. No matter what has happened in my life, theater has always been a constant, and now I am in this business professionally and I wouldn’t chose anywhere else to be.
The theater was always a place where I felt special and that anything was possible. I hope that it continues to do so for kids all across the country and world. To me there is nothing more special than sinking into a chair and watching a whole world created just a few feet away from where you’re sitting. The music, the dancing, the costumes, the acting. It’s all such a thrill that hope everyone gets to enjoy in their lives, and it makes me happy thinking that I’ll share that joy with kids for years to come.
What’s your favorite musical, play, or piece of theatre? Share, share, share!