Ever since I was a kid I have found it impossible to say no to a trip, whether the chance is to travel to a new country, state, province or territory, I have to go! However, looking back at all my travels, if you ask me what my favorite thing that I have done or seen while on a trip, still, I wouldn’t say Disneyland or the Empire State Building, I would have to say it was my first Broadway show, Chicago, in New York. It was the first live theatre production I’d seen on such a large scale, and I couldn’t take my eyes of the performers they were so talented. They really put their hearts and souls into their characters.
Ever since I was a kid, I was known as the drama queen of the family, that’s probably how I ended up in figure skating. I’ve always been drawn towards performances whether that be myself playing a part in a school play, performing in skating competitions, or simply watching others perform. One of the things that makes me happiest is watching someone else do something they love. You can totally tell when someone’s heart is truly into their performance or character, the connection to their role is evidently visible. Watching skaters like Kaitlyn Osmond and Scott and Tessa Virtue always reminded me of my love for skating. First of all, just through seeing the joy and passion for the sport, but also on the theatre side of things, the emotional connection to the performance they put on. I’ve always found comfort in putting on a performance. Playing a character has just always felt like a safe way of expressing myself. If you watch anyone of Kaitlyn’s performance you can see always see the connection to her music in her face during the performance and in her smile after she has finished. I think finding a connection to the role you are playing both makes a more convincing performance as well as providing a safe place to express yourself as well.
Also, I hope to become a teacher, and if I end up teaching high school, I hope the subjects I teach will be drama, along with English. Therefore, this course will give me much first-hand insight on drama and performances, not to mention being in the theatre capital of the world. When examining Shakespeare and his plays in either English or drama class, I will not have to purely rely on a textbook for information. I can also supplement it firsthand experiences of watching his plays performed and a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe.
As for my fears revolving around the trip, I really hope and plead everything soon goes back to normal soon. Obviously, everyone’s safety is first priority and I hope everyone stays healthy through all this. Hopefully, the Corona Virus Pandemic calms down, so we don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for summer 2021!