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Cleo House Jr - associate professor of theatre, Penn State Berks

Book Title: Making it on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top

Author: David Wienir and Jodie Langel

Book Description:

I was thirteen years old when I first realized that I wanted a life in the theatre. I just knew it. I was playing Ticket Man #1 and #2 in our high school's production of "The Trip To Bountiful." I was extremely committed to the part and to making each part completely different from the other. My family was proud of me but the older I became the excitement lessened and was replaced by surprise. "You're still doing theatre?" they would ask. "Yes. I love it." I replied.

I'd venture to say that the majority of people watch some form of T.V., movies, and theatre for entertainment but are shocked when their family members choose to make a living in the medium. Theatre has been good to me but I know that not every potential theatre major is possessed with the means or tenacity to say to naysayers, "I don't care. I'm following my dream."

So for those of you who doubt your dream and those who are filled with confidence at their choice. I chose the book, Making It On Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top because it might not feel like it right now but there are people out there just like you. People who dare to follow their dreams, study their craft, and honor their passion.


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