My Love For Theatre: Emily Meade

I was in my first play when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It was the stage adaptation of Finding Nemo where my brother played Nemo, my sister played Nemo’s mom, and I was the only baby sea turtle with a line. From there stemmed my love of theatre and acting.
I was in my first play when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It was the stage adaptation of Finding Nemo where my brother played Nemo, my sister played Nemo’s mom, and I was the only baby sea turtle with a line. From there stemmed my love of theatre and acting. I was involved in plays through Plano Children’s Theatre until 3rd grade when I moved to Coram Deo. I watched my brother in plays when he was in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and it made me miss being on stage. In 7th grade I joined the Collin County Drama class and my first role was Anne in Anne of Green Gables. I’ve been in every Collin County Play since and I don’t plan to quit now.

            Through theatre I’ve learned many great skills that will help me through life, one of many being staying alert and awake until midnight to work on scenes. I’ve learned how to take criticisms and use them to help me grow. I feel that this has helped me through writing papers and giving speeches or presentations. Theatre has taught me to persevere through the nerves and to push myself to be the best I can be. On stage, nothing looks right unless you do it with everything you've got. If you only do it halfway people can tell that you’re just another kid on stage reading the lines that were given to them. The only way people will feel like they believe it is if you believe it yourself. I feel like this applies to our education at Coram Deo. You can’t make it through if you try to coast your way through on slightly edited rough drafts and studying 15 minutes before the test. You have to put everything you’ve got into studying for those tests and writing those papers or you’re never going to get the results that you need.
 
            Through my 4 years in drama so far, I’ve made some great friends who have helped me through some rough times. During dress rehearsal week, I spend an insane amount of time with these people. I spend every school day from 3:00 to 11:00 and on Saturdays from noon to whenever we're done. We spend lunches and dinners together and complain about the impending finals or midterms while studying lines. We’ve been so tired that someone cries from burning their popcorn in the school microwave. I share my life with these people for a good two weeks so I can’t really afford to not be friends with them. I have made some of my best friends through drama and we help each other with homework, studying for tests, proofreading papers, and memorizing lines. My drama class becomes my family for two weeks and its always the best two weeks of the year.

            A lot of people don’t want to join drama because they have stage fright or they think they're too busy, and to be honest I feel that way at the beginning of every year too. Eventually you get to know the lines and aren’t afraid of being in front of people anymore. Your character feels like a second personality and being on stage feels like second nature. And through it all you find time to get your homework done and study for tests. 
 
I’ve been in drama for 4 years now and a competitive ice skater for 10 and every year the spring play falls right in the middle of competition season, right after nationals but before a local competition called Skate Dallas. Despite traveling and practicing for skating and the end of the year tests, projects, and impending finals, I have always found a way to get everything done. Whether it’s squeezing a quick study session in-between scenes or memorizing lines on a play it, always works itself out. For a month my life feels hectic and out of control, but it's all worth it. The memories, the late night laughs, and the party at IHOP after the play makes every second of stress worth it. 
 
There is absolutely no other feeling that can match the feeling of making an entire audience laugh at a joke that you’ve heard a thousand times. That feeling right there is why I personally think everyone should give drama a shot.
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