I love what I do! Every day is different. And those of you who have gotten emails from me at 4:am know that my days are sometimes pretty long. Odd hours go with the territory. That’s the nature of running a business, especially one that doesn’t follow the “normal” work week.
Our students at The Children’s Acting Academy all work hard. They have different and varied goals. Some want to “be in the the business”, and several students are. Just this year we’ve had students in the Broadway Shows MARY POPPINS, CHAPLIN, EVITA, and one of the 4 girls who are MATILDA . That’s very rewarding, knowing that our students have gone on to work in a professional capacity on the greatest stages in the world.
But it’s also rewarding to know that students who have little desire to pursue an acting career, or don’t yet have any idea what they want to do, also get so much out of our classes. The shy boy who now has confidence to speak in front of his class, or the girl who becomes much more expressive, all make it so worthwhile. And more often than you’d think, we hear back from parents who are so grateful for what we’ve given their children. I just want to share some of their unedited comments.
Thank you and all of your stuff for such a great show. The kids were amazing!
There is a quote which fully applies to you: “A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes”
BIG THANK YOU!!!!
Barely had time to exchange a few words with you before or after the shows but I had to take a moment and share my thoughts and feelings with you.
I have always been a great supporter of you, from the moment I met you for an interview with Ness I could see that you have high standards and you strive for perfection up to the last moment and it is truly admirable.
I have seen my kids and other kids grow as performers and people throughout the time they spend under your wing. Becoming dedicated, responsible, creative and risk-takers in their performances. They are little professionals, paying attention to details and the true test is when tackled with glitches during the show, which amazingly they handle with resilience and charm time after time.
To top it all off, your inclusion of Quinn in the show was a brave move but to see the camaraderie and the rest of the cast guiding her and helping her make her cues on time is just heartwarming and sends a huge message to the children in the cast and the audience about humanity.
You are an inspiration to all of us.
Great class today! I love watching the kids and the way you direct them. Its awesome. Charlotte loved her time in it!
“Fame was my daughter’s first performance in a musical. The experience was a nice mixture of professional expectations and careful nurturing. It allowed her to expand her own personal goals in dance, acting and singing. The highlight for her would probably be working with both new and old friends. For me, the highlight was seeing her conquer some of her fears seemingly without flinching.”
“Saying that I grew as a performer throughout the production of Fame is an understatement. I auditioned because I wanted to dance but I learned that I also really enjoyed the acting and singing parts of the show as well. I made so many friends through the show and it was such a great group of people. Everyone cheered each other on and supported one another every step of the way. I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say that Mimi was amazing and extraordinarily helpful, always looking to lend a hand and help us improve. My experience of Fame was truly positive and something that I will always remember.”
It means so much to realize that I’ve touched people’s lives in such a profound way. I do what I do because I love it, and don’t know any other way to do it. My own kids have had teachers who have affected them that way. From elementary school to getting my masters, I’ve had teachers like that. Looking back, I appreciate them much more now than then. They’ve made me what I am today, and who knows where I’d be without them.
Here’s to all the teachers who see tomorrow in every child’s eyes!! Thank you!!