“ I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is like to be a human being.”- Oscar Wilde
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH MY ARTISTIC SIDE
I have always loved to act, sing and dance since I was a little girl but I didn’t think I had the skill to make it as an actress. I truly loved the idea of immersing oneself into another character and telling a story that can touch another person’s heart. I can still remember parading around our family home as a little girl acting out the scenes from Annie and singing the songs from the musical. My parents heard me sing those songs every day for a whole summer! Since I couldn’t act, I think one of the reasons why I loved figure skating so much is that I had the opportunity to display my artistic side, perform and transform into another character on the ice.
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BROADWAY
My first time stepping into a theater on Broadway happened when I was invited to my best friend’s sweet sixteen every day. She decided to take her closest friends to see Phantom Of The Opera. I had danced to
THE IMPACT OF THEATER IN MY LIFE
I remember thinking that the actors and actresses were so lucky to share their talents with the world every day on stage and connect with so many people. I left the show that day knowing that theater would always be a part of my life. Since then I’ve seen Phantom at least seven times! I have fallen in love with other productions such as Les Miserables, The Color Purple, Aida, Beautiful, Waitress, and Wicked. For several years, I made it a priority to see a play or musical at least once a month so I could connect with myself and feel rejuvenated.
Every time I felt stressed or overwhelmed, attending a performance for two to three hours served as my mental escape and made me feel exhilarated. I stopped going for a while when I was going through my hardest life transition a few years ago; I felt that I lost a piece of myself.
SO MANY STORIES TO BE TOLD
There are so many
Dear Evan Hansen spoke to me and others about the influence of social media and feelings of isolation in the world today. Recently I saw Network with Bryan Cranston and Tony Goldwyn which made me pause and think about the world today and how people should be active participants in their lives and in their government. Finally, watching the cast perform To Kill A Mockingbird reminded me of the brilliant literary classics that are out there for me to enjoy again.
I LOVE SEEING THE STORIES COME TO LIFE
It may not have been my calling to have a profession in the arts but I am so grateful that I can have access to see these amazing stories come to life in front of my eyes. I am so fortunate to be able to get lost in the talented performances and carry these memories in my mind and soul forever.
Here is the list of my favorite Musicals and Plays of All Time! I hope you can check them out one day on Broadway or a local theater wherever you live. What’s your favorite play or musical?
- Les Miserables
- Phantom Of The Opera
- Dear Evan Hansen
- Next To Normal
- Sunday In The Park With George
- In The Heights
- Color Purple
- Chorus Line
- Lion King
- American Son
- A Steady Rain
- Present Laughter
- All My Sons
- The Little Foxes
- To Kill A Mockingbird