Eight years. Ten shows. Theatre has been such a huge part of my life for so long, it’s hard to imagine not doing it anymore. But as I begin the second semester of my senior year, the shows that I do will become fewer and farther between. But it’s not only performing on stage that I enjoy, I also love to help backstage and just be in the theatre atmosphere at all.
It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I was in a junior production of “Beauty and the Beast” with ELRT, now I’m someone who helps backstage at junior shows. How did this happen? It seems like yesterday I was backstage having my mom do my makeup. Now I drive myself to rehearsal. It’s terribly cliche, but time really does fly by.
This weekend I helped out with East Lyme Regional Theater’s production of “Frozen” Jr.. It was strange to be referred to as one of the high school volunteers when I remember looking up to those same volunteers not so long ago. During the last show many of the kids that were a part of the production became emotional. I couldn’t help but think about how many years they had left doing theatre ahead of them. I also thought about how I am quickly approaching auditions for my last high school musical. All good things have to come to an end at some point. I’m just glad I’m able to do one of my last shows surrounded by friends.