Taking a chance: A life lesson learned

Allie Rickards. Staff Writer.

I can vividly remember, the end of eighth grade, my sister telling me, “You really need to get involved with school.”

She really insisted that I get involved in drama.  At the time, I sort of just blew it off, thinking I will be playing lacrosse for all four years, but when my first season of high school lacrosse ended, I was left feeling unsatisfied.

Sophomore year came along, and I decided to try to fulfill that missing gap by trying to bring back my past of being a gymnast. Unfortunately, soon after, I learned that sports are not for me. For a while I felt somewhat like I did not fit in, because Poway High is known as such an “athletics” school, famous for the ridiculously talented wrestling and football teams.

At that point, I thought I had given it my all, and that “getting involved with school” was not really my thing. Sophomore year flew by pretty quickly, but I still felt that ever-present sense of something missing.

Soon enough, high school was quickly coming to a seemingly insignificant end. I did not have a passion for anything, and at that point, I was just ready to graduate. Senior year began, and I decided to take digital media, a class led by Robert Kaechele, just sort of on a whim, as I always had a slight attraction to filming and editing. Soon after filming my first video, I knew I had made a life-changing decision by simply bubbling out a class on my course request form. Yes, it may be a stressful class (especially as a perfectionist), but it is also incredibly rewarding. Working hard to get just the right angles, and just the right timing, can lead to a great self-appreciation for the final product. At this point, I am seriously considering pursuing a career in digital editing.

This past December, Rollin Swan announced that he will be directing “Leading Ladies” as the winter play for 2014. I immediately sprang on the opportunity, as I already felt a connection to the play because my sister starred in this production her senior year in 2010.

I gave myself a day or two to rehearse for my part, and nervously walked into auditions thinking I did not have much of a chance, as this was my first play. There were about 30 students auditioning, which did not help my nerves much. I went through with the audition, and had to wait a few days until the casting was posted.

That Friday, at break was the “ever impending doom” day, where Mr. Swan would post the cast list on the door of the Little Theater.

I got the part, and it was probably one of the biggest surprises I had ever experienced. Rehearsals began the next week, and I knew I found my niche. In the beginning, it was just a bunch of new strange faces awkwardly reading lines out of a script. Time flew by, and I did not even realize it, but previews approached quickly. Previews were an absolute blast, and then came time for the shows.

These two nights, both eight hour nights at school, were two of the best days of my life. I looked around at all the familiar faces, and took my last bow with some of the greatest people I had ever met. Nothing ever compares to that exact moment, at my last show, with all my cast members, just hearing the loud roar of applause and cheers.

It is now a week after the plays have ended and I am left feeling something I had never expected to feel, satisfaction, but also a hint of sadness. I will forever remember the four months spent with the greatest and most out-going people. I only wish I had begun earlier.

So here’s my piece of advice: go for that audition, go for that try-out, fill out that class on your course request form, because you never know how much it will affect you and your life.

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