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Friday, July 9, 2010


Today my acting camp had its final performance. We performed scenes from shows, songs, dances, you name it. At the end of the performance, there were fifty-odd kids between the ages of 11 and 18, about ten teachers, and several college-age interns onstage all hugging and smiling while hundreds of parents and grandparents snapped pictures from the audience.
Did I ever mention I love the theatre?
I've taken this same acting camp four times. The first year I did it, I think I was twelve. At the time, acting was just a hobby--something I loved doing, but not seriously...just for fun.
I took a few years' break, then when I was fifteen I took the camp again. A week into the camp, I realized I was having the time of my life. I would come home after a hard days' work at the theatre and spend a half an hour rambling on and on to my ever-patient mother about how wonderful a time I was having. At some point my mom looked at me and said, "Ruthie, I can't understand why you aren't considering this as a career."
Talk about your aha moments. It was like hitting the X on the treasure map.
The next summer I took the camp again, this time with the intention of studying acting as a profession. Shortly after I finished that year's curriculum, I realized that what I really wanted to do for a living was be a drama teacher in a high school somewhere. I wanted (sorry, uber-cheesy moment here) to inspire the next generation of kids the way that this camp had inspired me.
So this year, I went into camp both to continue on improving my acting, but also to observe different styles of teaching theatre.
And now that the four weeks are up and this year's acting camp has transformed from my reality to my memory, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is where I belong. The theatre is my world, and no matter where my career leads me, the theatre will be my sustenance until the day I die. When I stood on that stage today with all my camp friends around me, there was nowhere in the world I'd rather have been.
This is who I am.