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
time.

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 build confidence. 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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