Participating in Arts !Oglethorpe Has Meant To Me.
Wow, what a way to spend part of my summer. I
never dreamed how much fun it would be to participate in an Arts!Oglethorpe
summer production. I also never imagined how much time and hard work it would
1998 my sister Laura went to see the production of Oklahoma! and when she
came home she raved about how much fun it would be to participate in a summer
production. The next summer when it came time to try out for the next play, Cinderella,
I was so excited. We got all worked up about the audition, rented the
original movie, found the script and had copies of all the songs. I think we
drove my mom crazy with all of our singing. Then it was time to strut our stuff.
My legs were shaking as I walked up to the second floor of the Old Crawford
School House where the auditions were being held.
It's the Mallonee sisters" I heard someone yell, who I would later know as
Bly. There were about ten other people there with the same, "what am I
doing here", look on there face as I had. I took a seat on a wooden hay
bale and waited my turn. Then before I knew it, it was all over and I had to
wait the longest three days of my life to see if I even got a part.
slowly rolled around and I was thrilled to see that I was going to be
Cinderella. That was when my busy schedule of laying out by the pool and
sleeping in was interrupted, but I didn't mind one bit. At first we only
practiced a few nights a week, but as opening night drew closer I spent almost
everyday with Prince Christopher (Brandon Card) practicing and even painting
parts of the set.
night was absolutely wonderful, the whole cast was so much fun to hang out with
back stage and the excitement of an almost full house was exhilarating. Every
show was equally amazing even though my crown fell off in mid-waltz it was
gracefully caught by Brian Lance and the magical pumpkin had a little bit of a
problem we urged it on with an original cheer by Bly. Anyone who has ever been
in an Arts!Oglethorpe production knows that even though the plays are awesome
the best part is the cast party after the final night. There is so much food and
everyone has become great friends it was so nice just to sit down and say,
"Ahh, it was fun ,but AHH! It's OVER!."
had such a great time in Cinderella I had to be in the next production
which was Oliver. This time I didn't get as big of a part but I still had
a great time. Dressing up like a boy was a little painful, but I learned that in
acting even though you may not get a huge part every person in the production is
still very important.
the last two years I have been encouraged by my participating in Arts!Oglethorpe
to pursue my dream of being a performer. My stage presence has dramatically
improved by the summer production and even my friendship with my little sister
has strengthened because of all the extra rehearsing we have done at home. I am
really looking forward to this summers production of The Boyfriend. My
involvement in Arts!Oglethorpe has meant a lot to my teenage life, even though
things didn't work out between Cinderella and the Prince.