The lights come up, the dark blue curtain is pulled back, a deep breath is taken, and it’s time. It is time to take that first step into the stage lights, time to say that first line that will begin the show.
It is time to do what I love more than anything else. It is time to perform. I love acting in live theater; it’s my passion.
Ever since I was a little girl I would imitate the voices of different characters on television, as well as their mannerisms and quirks. I was especially fond of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I would sing and talk like her whenever I found it most appropriate, which, in a seven year olds mind, is quite often.
When I got to Middle School I joined the drama club and fell in love with this passion I possessed even more. I will always remember when I had my first performance as Galinda the Good Witch from the popular Wizard of Oz. Now, several years later, I am president of my school’s Drama Club and am actively involved in my advanced drama class.
Drama means so much to me because not only is it a creative outlet, but it also allows me to see the world through another’s eyes or perspective. By playing different characters and exploring their motivations I am better able to understand and relate to those around me.
It gives me the insight into what others are going through and provides me a way to understand why they are doing what they are doing or feeling the way they are. I think that if everyone understood each other and tried to accept other’s views as valid, then the world would be a far less complicated place. Through drama I have come to be more understanding and accepting. Through drama I have truly been able to ‚Äúwalk a mile in another person’s shoes””.
Student Essay: Published with Permission
Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.