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Getting into college

Getting Into College

Life is like an enormous theatrical performance, each person having the

leading role, ready to determine his/her destiny. For each event in your life,

you can reflect upon a stimulus, a cause. Yet there are so many events, so many

years, days, hours, seconds in one's life. Which is the one, that one moment in

time which knowingly or unknowingly changed your life to lead you to be just

that, you? For many, it is impossible to pinpoint that moment. Yet for others,

that time, place, and situation sits implanted in their mind like a snapshot in


Picture, if you will, a plump young boy of age ten. Never before had he,

been exposed to life outside his fifth grade classroom and his immediate family.

Timid and shy, he decided he had listened to his mother's continuous nagging for

the last time. That weekend, he would do as she said and "just go" to see an

audition for the community's production of the musical Oliver. He arrived on

time, the hustle and bustle of signing in all very new to him. There was no way

he would actually get up on stage and sing for that skinny man with the clear

acrylic braces showing on his teeth who was seated at the piano. Yet, he had

struck a deal with his mom to wait and observe, leaving at any time he felt he

wanted to.

Twenty minutes later, he watched his mother from a different perspective:

just a dot in a sea of other mothers sitting in the audience. As he stood in

that group of ten youngsters, his meager vocabulary could not describe the fear

in his body. didn't know what a mark on his life the next few moments

would make when he sang his heart out to the skinny man. How would he have

known that that "man" would be known to him as , his music director for

the next six years. Together, they would fine tune the natural talent buried in

his vocal chords and dramatically buildconfidence. That fear once known

to him on that stage would come no more. Nervous he was, but afraid he was not

when he auditioned for The King and I a few months later. After landing a main

role, he set his sights on the Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury and their

production of Bright Lights, again another success. To everyone who knew him,

it only seemed natural for him to continue. So why didn't he? Why, for three

straight long years did he bury his talent for singing and acting? Truthfully,

he did not know and came to accept the fact that maybe he had just lost his love.

So, went to high school alone and afraid as a freshman trying to find his

identity. He sang in the school choir to keep his voice in shape, but that was

the extent of his pursuit of his talent. During his high school years he became

very absorbed and totally involved in school organizations, clubs, and sports,

and he assumed leadership positions with many responsibilities.

That day six years ago seemed so far away. Songs from Oliver were just a

dusty memory. Little did he know that day would be repeated, as if he had gone

back in time, in February of his sophomore year. He again had that fear of

performing present in him when he stepped up to the piano to belt out "Maria"

for his audition for West Side Story. At that moment he remembered the little

roly-poly adolescent singing for the first time. He remembered the joy all his

endeavors brought him and the true love he had discovered inside. He went on to

star in West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Grease ...

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