Everyone has a mentor or teacher that has made a special impact in their personal or career growth. One of mine was recently honored in a brilliantly written article by a fellow alumni of my alma mater, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jax, FL) that I've shared below.
In high school, "Doc" fussed me into every audition for the school's musicals in the theater department when I wasn't even her student and I could never figure out why. She pushed this dance major into a BFA Music Theatre audition for one of the best programs in the country, and I still couldn't figure out why. I now hold that degree and have a budding performance career in front of me, because she had faith that I could go out there and "tell the story".
Not only did Bradley Akers right such an accurate and inspiring article on Doc, but he is following in her footsteps as the associate director of Players By the Sea theater in Jacksonville, FL.
I took a trip to Players by the Sea to see Bradley recreate one of my fondest pieces of theatre done with he and Dr. Beger in high school, Aida! He and the cast retold this story in an extraordinary way. Here are a few of the DASOTA Alumni and myself after the show, and a few production photos of Bradley's cast.