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  • I began my theatrical career at the age of 5 in dance school. I loved dancing and quickly learned the steps and how to count music. I always heard the "one" beat or the down beat so I was always on time.

    From dance grew the love of theatrical productions. My Dad was involved with the local community theatre, Your Theatre, Inc. in New Bedford, MA. It was run by an ex Broadway actress, Mary Smith, who demanded perfection. They produced ( and still do today) professional quality productions. I would go to rehearsals with him and watch with a curious eye. I was only 8 years old when he performed in "My Fair Lady". I practiced the Cockney accent of Liza Doolittle all the time!

    As I grew up I became involved in their productions and workshops. In my teens years, while involved in the school drama club, I was also involved with the Children's Theatre Productions of Your Theatre, Inc.

    One summer, Your Theatre, Inc was commissioned by the City of New Bedford to perform in the parks. Free theatre performances for anyone who wished to come and watch. So we decided to produce the show "Land of the Dragon" by Mary Smith complete with satin costumes and perform it in the parks under the summer sun!

    We all wore our swim suits under the costumes because it was SO HOT!! We performed with no microphones or sound equipment - just our voices. I learned about projection and breathing with your diaphragm that summer!

    The pictures were taken with an old Polaroid camera. I think I performed in that show 3 or 4 times as various characters. It was fun.
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