I grew up on musical theater. I can’t remember my first movie, but I can remember my first musical. For as long as I can remember, I’ve absolutely loved theater. So when I finally reached Junior High, I was first in line to sign up for anything theater related. I also seriously lucked out. You see, this particular junior high produced the most incredible junior high shows that anyone had ever seen. Drama was the biggest club on campus and being a part of their program was truly something special.
So today, on Day 94, I’m going to share five things that I learned from Rhodes Drama that I still use today in photography.
When I got to Rhodes, I was super scrappy and kind of annoying. I was overeager and also a little desperate, but I was willing to work to be a part of something I loved. Days before we left for high school, our drama teacher hosted his annual awards ceremony, Oscar Style. We got invitations in the mail and dressed up and I was awarded a gold statue for “Most Improved.” You guys, I was so honored that my teacher saw me as any level better than when I first arrived three years prior. I still have that award, and more importantly I still have those memories.
On a personal note, our dear choir teacher, Mrs. Davey, passed away last fall and we will miss her terribly. The days of Mrs. Davey and Mr. Wilson at Rhodes Junior High were epic and I feel endlessly lucky to have been there to witness it.
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|Denise Karis is an Arizona photographer who enjoys musicals, Doctor Who and breakfast burritos. IG @denisekaris|
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