One of the most basic things I teach kids when they first get on stage is how to find their light. I absolutely hate going to see productions where half the actors bodies are in the light while the other half has settled in darkness. It is important for actors of all ages and all levels to understand what it feels like to find their light, to take the stage. I choose to use this important stage lesson as a metaphor for the stories you will read on this blog. Stories about kids stepping up and finding the light that makes them brave or hysterical or important or powerful or whatever really.
I have a degree in Musical Theater Performance but I have been working as a choreographer and dance teacher, mainly in youth theater for six years now. Let me tell you, kids, especially kids in theater, say and do the darndest things (another idea for a blog name but it was already taken). I find that my mouth hangs open constantly at the things that come out of these kids mouths. Some stories will make you giggle, some might make you guffaw, while others will make you think, make you cry and touch you in ways you never thought possible from a person under the age of 18.
I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.