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There's nothing like live theatre

May 8, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
I'm sure I'm living vicariously through my kids just like every other parent (who will admit it), but I just love that Julie enjoys the theatre so much. I took Julie and Johnny to see the Wizard of Oz at the Mishler tonight, along with some friends. The kid-friendly musical was a tad over Johnny's head, but he sat nicely for the most part. (I'll just pretend I didn't notice him kicking the seat in front of him during the entire play.) Julie, however, was enthralled and proclaimed that she loved every part and character in the play--though obviously Dorothy and Glenda the Good Witch were her favorites. "I wish I could be on the stage," Julie told me in the car on the way home. "Me too," I thought to myself. Growing up, I wasn't much of an athlete, so my activities of choice were music and theatre. My shining moment was playing the part of a little girl in a dinner theatre production of "Miracle on 34th Street." I was 7 years old and I think I recited one line by myself, but I was delighted to sing and dance along with the rest of the cast. That was my first and last real acting experience, but I have always wished I could be on the stage again. That's probably why I put the bug in Julie's ear about the acting camp last summer with the Blair County Arts Foundation, and the acting workshops this winter at the YMCA in Hollidaysburg. Julie is a tad shy like I was as a little girl, and often is embarrassed in front of big groups of people, but she really seems to like the idea of acting. I figure frequenting the theatre can only nurture this love. Every year on my birthday my aunt, who is also my Godmother would take me to see a play. That was her present to me. During my teenage years I probably would have preferred money, but, looking back, those were great gifts. I always ended up enjoying the plays and the time with my aunt. I got so much more out of the experience than I would have from 20 bucks and a card. I think all that exposure really lead to an appreciation for theatre. Hopefully these little experiences will do the same for Julie.

 
 

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