My middle son. Where do I begin. Out of all 3 kids he was the only one to show up all on his own, 3 days early. He was ready to see the world and for the world to see him. From a very early age we knew he was smart. Like crazy smart. He didn’t just start talking with simple words. He talked in sentences. He could read after just one year in preschool. School definitely came easy. When he was about 5 years old, we figured we would try the whole sports thing. I mean that is what you do when you have boys right? His older brother played soccer so we thought we would give that a try. It was indoor soccer and I just remember him looking over at us through the plexiglass and waving, as the ball went right past him. Or looking at his reflection and fixing his hair. So yea. Soccer wasn’t his thing. Next I found a tumbling class that a neighbor did out of her house. So he did that for about year. He was pretty good, and it kept him somewhat active, but he definitely wasn’t Olympic bound and he didn’t really love it.
When he is occupied, he is a great kid and fun to be around. But when he is bored? He looks for things to do, like bug his brothers. So over Summer 2014 I was looking for local camps. I literally typed ‘Queen Creek Summer Camp’ into google and hoped something, anything would pop up and it would be affordable. And there it was. A theatre camp at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. He would get to watch movies and learn a musical and he would be gone all day! Done! He loved week one so much we also signed up for week two. When it was over, I noticed on the website that auditions were coming up for Aristocats. We found a song he could learn for his audition, and he practiced for weeks. On August 9th, 2014 he had his very first audition. The auditions are closed to parents so I had no idea how it went, but he walked out all smiles so I hoped it went well. Two days later, the callback list was posted and his name wasn’t listed. Being new to the theatre world, I thought that meant he didn’t get a part so we were devastated. Thankfully I was wrong. The cast list was posted two days later and there he was… an alley cat. To say he was excited is a total understatement.
Little did I know, landing the part in Aristocats would be the first of many plays. To date, he has been in 11 plays. His favorite parts have been a lost boy in Peter Pan, Hathi Jr in Jungle Book and most recently Chip in Beauty and the Beast. Some plays he gets a lead role and some he is in the ensemble and that’s okay. It is all about being part of something special which means there are no small roles. Most of these kids only see each other during plays, since they go to different schools. During auditions/callbacks/first rehearsals, they are all ridiculously happy to finally be together again. So many hugs, it just warms my heart. When your child finds his niche, his passion, it is just such a proud parent moment. Every time I see him on stage, no matter what the role, no matter how big or small the part, I just smile. The theatre is his second home and I simply can not wait to see where this journey takes him.