For my sixteenth Memory Monday, I am going to write about an event that shaped the later five years of my life. I am going to write about an event that without a doubt changed my life. I am going to write about playing Gaston, in my eighth grade rendition of Beauty and the Beast.
I tried out for my school play, wanting to be an actor in the play. Everyone in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades had to participate in the play one way or another, whether perfuming, or doing something behind the scenes. I tried out for the Beast, because I felt that I wanted the lead role. I had a little experience singing and acting, because I was in the play the year prior. I was going to sing The Beatles song 'Yesterday', to use as my solo to try out for the Beast part. I was minutes away from trying out for the Beast, when I changed my mind, and wanted to try out with my friend George, to be Gaston and Lefou, respectively. We both got our desired parts, and our other friend Will, got the part of Belle's father, Maurice.
We rehearsed and rehearsed, and eventually got to opening night. That week was hectic. On Monday the play took five hours to go through entirely, because everyone was rusty. Then Tuesday it was three hours, Wednesday was two, and Thursday we performed it on the desired time, twice! We then performed it for the school on Friday afternoon, and then Friday night was the big night. I loved doing my parts with my friend George so much. The year and play before, we were teamed up as Elliot Abner Martin and Horace Mendez Lopez, in the play, "Don't Say No To The U.S.O.!" We stole the show that play and we stole the show again in this one.
After the play on Friday, I was told I did an excellent job, and then came Saturday's performance. We knocked it out again, and I felt we did a better job that night than the previous one. I was approached afterwards, by a girl that went and graduated from my old elementary school, Sacred Heart, and she was a star the drama program of Kellenberg Memorial High School, where I was about to attend in the fall of that year. She said that I was a very good singer, and that I should tryout for Kellenberg's chorus. She gave me the contact details of the choral director, Mr. Blanton, (who would later become a very big mentor to me). I tried out for the chorus a few weeks later, using the songs that I sang as Gaston as a Medley that I created on the fly, and got into the chorus.
With that chorus, I became very famous in my high school. I also did solo's in that chorus that led me to get the name of this very blog! I also became very confident in myself, to sing and to speak in front of people, and I think that that has helped me to get into WHRU Radio Hofstra University's Training Program earlier this year.
Now, almost five years to the day since I stepped out onto the stage as Gaston, it shaped my life so much, and so much so for the better! Now bear with me and follow this plan, but I can say with a certainty, that without me going to Telecare, like I talked about last week, I don't do the I Love Lucy solo, which I don't participate in the other Spring Flings, that I then don't get a good role in Don't Say No To The U.S.O.!, and I don't get a good part and try out for Beauty and the Beast, and I then don't try out for the chorus at Kellenberg, and then I don't try to get into WHRU, and live out my life dream of talking on the radio. See how one thing can lead to another, and why this was so important in my life?
I hope that this was interesting, and showed a great and very proud progression in my life!
Did you ever try out for a play in your school? Do you like Beauty and the Beast? What are your favorite parts of this movie / play?
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