After 4 years of performing with Virtuoso Performing Arts, you would think that each show would become easier. Let me just say that this summer was extremely challenging. Virtuoso Performing Arts put together a production of Shrek the Musical this summer, and I was cast as Pinocchio. Little did I know that I would be doing so much more than playing a wooden boy all summer. Other than playing the part of Pinocchio, I was also cast as a Duloc dancer, a backup singer for the Dragon, and a dancing rat. (this would probably only make sense to you if you have seen the musical or the movie). I was also the dance captain this year which means that I helped with all of the dances and making sure that people were doing the right moves while in their right places.
I had a very busy summer. I was at summer school all morning and then I would get ready to spend four hours rehearsing for Shrek. This was also the first time in three years that I was not double casted. This means that I had to do the same parts for each show. That became very tiring when we had three shows a day. Over all I had a great experience which would not have been made possible without help from the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council. They have helped my family be able to send me to camps that have enhanced my skills as a performer. For that I cannot thank them enough.