For my first Journal Explode, I'll be writing about one of my childhood memories. One of the memories I remember distinctly was my first time on stage. I was 6 years old and I was in Evita at the Apollo Theater. I was a part of the Children's Choir and ensemble. It was my first real show and I fell in love with it. My director, who has since passed away, was a wonderful director and made my first theater experience a great one.
I remember the theater being completely new to me and how it has changed from then to now. I remember coloring pictures of Disney princesses for all the adults in the show and being so intrigued by all of them since this is what they do as a profession or even as a hobby. I remember rehearsals and watching one of the leads do his dance on stage and just being in awe that I would forget that I was performing.
Two of my more distinct memories were closing night and a college student named Rachel. On closing night, everyone gets emotional because the show is over and we won't be back on Friday to do it again. I remember in the opening scene, when they show the lead, Eva Peron, in her casket and all of the ensemble is behind the fly and we all have to cry. I was in between a man and a woman who played my parents for that scene. I remember crying and the woman beside me telling me that I was a really good fake crier, which struck me odd since she broke character but she whispered it and we weren't on the mic but anyway, I said thank you but I wasn't fake crying. I was actually crying because it was the last show and I never wanted to leave. Technically I didn't, since I still do shows there to this day. The next memory I have is of Rachel. She was a college student who did Evita, and she was in the ensemble with me and I fell in love with her. She was my favorite person to be around. I remember during a scene, she had to pick me up cause she was my mom for that scene so I always called her my mom. Once Evita closed, I got a balloon and put her face and name on it and I carried it around because I missed her so bad.