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Life is a Play, by Darius Bush

There is drama everywhere you look.

No, I don’t mean the passive aggressiveness of teenage drama, but rather the theater. I mean the art of the stage. A perfect example of theater is in everything that you do. Every step you take, everything you say, every motive you have accommodates to the plot of all of our lives.

Being a part of the drama program at White Pine High School, since the production of Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, I have learned far more about life itself and the underlying meaning of everything we do.

I have learned to not only look at the outside of situations but the inter-workings of every person I know and to see life for a meaning, rather than a plotless being. The stage has taught me how to be a better person in just a matter of a couple months. Not only can we grow from the stories that the plays provide us, but we can also learn from the technical side of every plot.

As the assistant stage manager for the production of Peter and the Starcatcher, and the current stage manager for the production of Man of La Mancha, written by Dale Wasserman, I have learned how to take charge of situations and assist others on the path to succeed. Learning how to help others is an extremely big part of my job as the stage manager, and alongside my director and assistant, I feel as though I can tackle almost anything with the diligence of a perfectionist (which I happen to be).

The stage brings each one of us a closer look into what we do, why we do it, and what it means. As the characters undergo their own problems and benefit from their virtues, we see the world for what it is and not just what we think or what we are expected to think. The stage can change your perspective or further your understanding of social problems and everyday mountains or hills we must climb to overcome. The theater can bring you to truly tackle your biggest fears and seek answers when it may seem the most difficult. The stage has also brought me the company of some amazing people.

I have made many friends and learned countless things from my director, Kathryn Tucker… or as we call her, Mama T. She has taught me the appreciation for the theater that I now have and also just the occasional lesson on how to construct sets, apply stage makeup, stage manage, and how to achieve lifelong bonds just through the production of a show.

I have become far more close to the cast members in all three shows I’ve been a part of and I feel that is truly the most important part. Each play you see or hear about is more than just a script and an hour of entertainment, but rather months of rehearsals, and hours upon hours of reworking the same scene until it is perfect.

Each play is the worth a whole casts blood, sweat, and tears. Although all of this may seem very difficult, it is truly amazing to see a room full of people entertained by the works of a playwright, and the production of a technical staff and a group of actors and actresses, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My name is Darius Bush, I’m 17, and I’m a creator. Whether it’s writing poetry, short stories, painting, drawing, taking photos, or even opening an online blog and candle making store, I am always thinking and contributing to something bigger than myself.

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