March 2, 2019 is a day I will never forget. It was the closing night of my high school’s spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors”. I performed with some of my best friends in front of our loved ones. When the curtain closed, I felt the most unusual mixture of emotions. After that was the after party, where the seniors gave their speeches and said their goodbyes. As amazing as that experience was, what I will remember the most was when I was alone.
When the after party ended and people started to head home, I asked one of my friends to bring me onto the stage one last time. I sat there and looked into the empty auditorium and felt like watching what I thought was a closing chapter. At the time, I knew I was not continuing my acting career in college and choosing either communications or journalism as my major.
I never would have dreamed of performing in another musical, and at the time of the end of high school, it broke my heart. I spent the beginning of my time of college at Seton Hall focusing on learning journalism skills. I only sang in the shower and the car. When the year 2020 came along, I began searching for musicals to audition for, realizing how much I missed performing. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and it took away any and every opportunity.