a young child, I always dreamed of being a movie star. (Well ok, secretly I
still dream of that, but...) Unfortunately, there was nowhere close by for me to
pursue that dream and have that creative outlet. Finally, a dedicated group saw
the need for that outlet here in our county and Arts! Oglethorpe was born.
first became involved in Arts! Oglethorpe in 1996, during "Fiddler on the
Roof”. Although my part was small, (I was a narrator) I became hooked on
acting. I finally had a place to go and hone my acting skills.
a one-year hiatus I returned, this time as a stepsister in Cinderella. Although
I was in the role of an evil stepsister, I felt like a living, breathing
Cinderella. I had found a place where I could interact with people with my same
passion; a place where I was able to leave my problems behind and take role of
whomever I chose. I had the opportunity to show my talent to people who actually
enjoyed seeing me, a simple little girl do what I loved.
becoming involved with this organization I have pursued drama with a vengeance.
Arts!O really expanded my view of what I could achieve and encouraged me to
always go for my dreams. This program improved my speaking skills, taught me to
become more self-structured and has given me a place to come and practice my
skills as an actress. It also helps keep me focused so that I can prepare myself
for the fall and a competitive drama class.
I cannot envision my life
without being active in some form of drama. Without it, my life is void of true
happiness. The adrenaline rush alone is better than any drug known to man. But
without Arts!Oglethorpe I might have never realized my passion and been able to
pursue my dream. Thank you for that amazing opportunity. This organization is
very dear to my heart and I only hope that it will continue to grow in number
and in talent.
2002 Essay Winner