College Audition Vitals

College Audition Vitals

College is right around the corner! That’s right, high school seniors- I’m talking to you. In just a few months you’ll be handed a piece of paper and be sent off into the big scary world of college. Most of you probably already see yourself in your dream school- acing your classes, and living it up. News flash: you still need to get accepted! Now is not the time to be losing sight of everything you’ve been working so hard for.

Odds are, if you’re a theatre student or a music student looking to pursue your passion, your auditions are in full swing. As a long-time vocal student and performer, I thought my voice audition for colleges would be the easy part. I had been classically trained for years and it had always been my forte. Why would that change? Little did I know just how much work you really should be putting into your college vocal auditions!

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An Open Letter to the Dance Teacher that Changed my Life

An Open Letter to the Dance Teacher that Changed my Life

Thank you.

I know we met a little later than most, but it feels like it's been a lifetime. There are never going to be enough words to express how thankful I am for everything you've done, though I sure can try. Thank you for the countless hours you've spent working with me. Thank you for providing me with all the tough love I could ever ask for. Thank you inspiring, helping, and motivating me to achieve things I never thought possible. Thank you for providing me with a home away from home. 

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An Open Letter to the Dance Teacher that Changed my Life

Sarah Elizabeth Ferguson

Thank you.

I know we met a little later than most, but it feels like it's been a lifetime. There are never going to be enough words to express how thankful I am for everything you've done, though I sure can try. Thank you for the countless hours you've spent working with me. Thank you for providing me with all the tough love I could ever ask for. Thank you inspiring, helping, and motivating me to achieve things I never thought possible. Thank you for providing me with a home away from home. 

You have taught me so much that I will never forget. You've taught me that it's okay to fail and fail again, and if something isn't working there's another solution. You've taught me to be patient, to know that the greatest victories come only after the toughest battles. You've shown me how to be a leader; to aspire to inspire always and to never give up on people. You've taught me to demand respect. Even when I was unsure and unconfident, you taught me how to demand the respect of my peers and everyone around me. 

Last but certainly not least, you've taught me that blood does not define family. In the time that we've known each other you've become family to me, and you've shown me that dancers truly are family. You have welcomed me with open arms and even when I leave you, that bond will remain.

Please don't ever think that I don't need you. You have made one of the greatest impacts on my life and there will always be a time when I need a kick in the butt or a helping hand. You are a big reason as to why I do what I do and you have touched not only myself but all your students in a special way.

With love,

Your Student 

 

Photo: Hamilton.edu

What Happens Next for High School Theatre Students

Sarah Ferguson

OnStage Connecticut Columnist

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As midterms pass me by, the realization hits that I am nearly through with my first year away at college. When I was a senior in high school, this was a time of prom-posals and graduation plans. This year it is a time of reflection. Leaving high school, I knew I was ready for college, and all I wanted was to go to school far away and see the world. Far away ended up being just over 100 miles which may not seem like a lot, but sometimes, it feels like I’m a million miles away (no Aladdin pun intended). You see, when you’re a senior in high school, you don’t necessarily realize what you’ll truly be leaving behind. For us theatre kids especially, the price we pay leaving high school goes far beyond tuition. 

Photo: New Canaan High School

Photo: New Canaan High School

You’re leaving your directors. These people, whom you may have butted heads with once or twice, are the ones that shaped your theatrical endeavors for the last 4 (or more) years! We may not like to admit it, but our high school directors stay with us forever. They are the ones we think of when you’re at college and you get a leading role, and the ones you think of when soundtracks from past productions come on your playlist. If you are still in high school, let your directors know how much you appreciate them because I promise you, you’ll never realize how much they meant to you until after you graduate. And if you’ve graduated high school, see if you can get back in touch with your directors! Whether your roles are small or large, directors never forget their students, and would probably really appreciate reconnecting and catching up!

You’re leaving behind some of your closest friends. Face it, not everyone in the shows are seniors. There will be people who you are close to and love dearly that will be staying in high school once you move on. Of course there will be new cast-mates and friends, but will they know about that one time at that cast party…. The short answer is no. Some experiences you can only share with those from your high school theatre years. My best friend is a year younger than me, and being away at college can sometimes be painful without her. You can’t help but miss the coffee runs, the rehearsals, the impromptu car concerts…and you never realize how important it all is to you until it’s no longer readily available. Nevertheless, we beat on. 

Finally, you’re leaving behind all that is familiar to you. As great as college is, at the beginning it is still a brand new school with brand new people and new experiences. It is the first step to forging your own way in the world and, for many, the first time you’ll be truly independent. You’ll make mistakes and there will be days when you just want to go home and see your family. At the same time, you’ll achieve more than you ever thought possible. The first time you pay your own phone bill or get that leading role in the mainstage production, you’ll know that you are where you’re supposed to be at that point in your life. Though the road is never easy, it is also never paved in stone; there is always room for unplanned twists and turns and that is what makes the trip worth taking.