Making Stories Real

Scholarship Entrant: April from Andover, KS
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for April: 23

The first time I saw a stage production, it was like magic. I was seeing a story from my childhood unfold in front of me in real time. Not filtered through a camera lens or my own imagination, I was there, and I was experiencing it. That was when I decided that theatre was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I want to share stories with people. I want to create scenes from the stories we’ve adored for years so everyone can experience them. Disney claims their theme parks are where dreams come true, and in a way, they are. You can experience the same worlds that your favorite characters did down to the minutest detail. You can climb around in Tarzan’s tree house or take a stroll through Radiator Springs as the neon lights come on at dusk. I want to be a part of that. I want to be a part of making stories feel like they are a reality. I want to help create an escape that can make a statement at the same time. I want to take my audience back to wonder that was their childhood. I can do this through theatre design, but I cannot do it alone. For someone to become established in Theatre Design, they first need a Master’s degree in their respective field. My plan is to work with the Fine Arts instructors at KU so I can meet and impress potential employers through them.

Vote for April: 23

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