Recently I was asked "WHY" did I start Centre Stage
My Answer was simple.
"To Give kids the joy & excitement of performing,
but more importantly the confidence to do it."
One of my first memories as a performer was when I was 6 years of age, standing side stage at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. It was coming to the close of the first half of the Christmas Pantomime "Mother Goose" starring the wonderful Maureen Potter.
I was about to go on and perform with my stage school friends. I was dressed in a beautiful rich red velvet dress and hat, white ankle socks, sun hazed tights, a pair of tap shoes and a small plastic gold trumpet (Prop). I had butterflies in my tummy not because I was nervous but because of the adrenaline rush I was about to get as I performed in front of a live audience. I was trying my hardest to stand still backstage without making a sound in my tap shoes. But I just wanted to get on that stage as fast as I could.
I still remember the song "Come follow the band" from Barnum. Even as I am writing this I am singing and dancing along.
If I could give children even a tiny piece of the excitement that I felt all those years ago, I know I would be doing some good in this world.
It is this memory that has stayed with me over the years and has ignited my passion to bring Musical Theatre to the children of the Sunshine Coast. Already in such a short period of time I have witnessed some children change from being the shy kid in the class to the main character on stage. To see this excites me just as much as performing once did. I love to see the children learn their dance routines, songs and scripts and bring it all together into a wonderful exciting performance and lifelong memory for these kids.
I am very honoured to be living my life with passion and purpose and I count my lucky stars everyday that I am doing something which I love.
No matter what you are trying to achieve in your life, if you are questioning whether or not you are doing the right thing. Just always "Remember Your Why?