The lady who directed my first two plays left at the end of my junior year. She did a great job, but really, I think all of us were excited for a change. When the new school year began, we got a new director, a truly wonderful, inspirational man. Just in time for my senior year, of course.
He tried out the talent with a play of short vignette’s called First in Line. The show was basically a series of sketches based on first experiences (driving, flying, buying a house, etc.) The humor was simple, but the audience loved it, and let me assure you, it was the biggest audience I had ever acted in front of, by leaps and bounds.
The play was spot on. All the talent that I knew that had existed at that school showed up in droves for this one. The cast was huge, and allowed for me to meet so many more awesome people.
I look back at this time in my life very fondly. I was well out of my depression, I had begun making peace with my awful past, and I was getting straight A’s for the first time in several years. This is very much a time in my life I remember fondly. Sure, not every day was perfect, but for a 16 year old who was destined to fail, I sure felt pretty darn successful then.