Hello humans of the internet! I feel like I used to be better at naming blog posts. I don’t know who’d be interested in reading a post that frankly sounds a little boring, but that’s all I could think of at the moment. I haven’t slept much, okay.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been helping out with the theater camp that I attended when I was younger and I wanted to talk about how theater changes lives. Personally, for me, that building was my sanctuary. I started doing plays there when I was 7 years old. That’s 17 years of theater. Which means I’ve been doing plays there longer than most of the campers the last two weeks have been alive, don’t worry that didn’t make me feel old at all. The point is my whole school career I was bullied for various reasons (imagine that, a bullied kid grew up to be a blogger, how “unique”) But the theater was always a place that I belonged. It was a sanctuary. It was a home where I could be myself. Where anyone could be themselves. The kid who reads at recess, the kid that 100% attempts spells, the kid who wears all black, the kid who’s parent works 3 jobs just to provide the necessities, the kid on foster care, the kid with disabilities, everyone It was a place where everyone was welcome and accepted, no questions asked.
The last two weeks, you could see that those kids felt the same way. Especially the older kids who’d been at the theater for years. It is home for them. It’s where they grew up. The way they talk about it, it is home. It is safe for them. It is their sanctuary. It is the place where they can talk to people who share they’re passions. That can be excited about the one song from Fiddler on the Roof, and mo one ridicules that. They can belt disney songs and there’s always someone to finish they’re duet. (Let me know if you know that reference)
I could say that community theater is important because you learn to communicate with different age groups or because you learn cooperation or because you gain confidence or because it helps you find your voice or because you get to meet people you would otherwise never know or because you learn the magic of storytelling. And all of that would be true. Being a part of the theater is a magical experience that shapes you as a person. But, I believe that community theater is most important because it is home. And it is a home that will always welcome you back.