Molly Ashmore

Student in the United States

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Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I absolutely love plays and musicals. This is not something that most people would initially suspect, as I am not a theater major, and I have little to no experience actually performing in any sort of theatrical production. However, the dramatic arts have always captured my attention and caused me to think outside of the box. I remember the first time I really fell in love with theater: when I watched the 2009 Tony Awards. My sisters and I were astounded by the stunning performances, beautiful songs, and intriguing topics that were presented at that particular awards show. Ever since the day I watched that television program, I have been hooked on musical theater. I find myself often brought to tears by the songs professed in such productions. My favorite theater shows are Les Misérables, Billy Elliot, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera. I love the idea of songs being used to express the way the characters are feeling in an entirely new way, as well as the overall experience I get from simply watching a show. My hometown has a big performing arts theater downtown, and I have had the opportunity to see several amazing shows there. After seeing the production Newsies one night, I was able to stand outside the stage door and meet the incredible actors who starred in the show. I feel that this kind of connection and presence is rare, especially in a day and age where face-to-face conversations and in-person performances are often replaced by social media posts and television broadcasts. For this reason, theater will always be an incredibly important part of my life, no matter how old I get.