Some kids want to be doctors, lawyers and teachers when they grow up. But for some, everything around them screams fame, and the spotlight and stage are calling their names—the first and only thing that comes to mind is theatre.
Theatre students don’t only dress the part, they act the part. They are the part of something greater than they could ever imagine, especially Texas Wesleyan theatre students. Any theatre student can say it hurts when their work and [theatre] art is unappreciated.
Brittany Adelstein, junior theatre major, said she first realized theatre was her calling when she was in her late teens. She had been in theatre since she was five.
“It’s important to me, because it’s something that obviously I’ve worked for. I’m so glad that I have a passion for something. People say ‘But you’re getting a degree in theatre, like you’re going to starve, and I know that,” Adelstein said. “However, I would much rather be getting a degree in something that I eat, live, breath, sleep than something that I just kind of want to do for the money.”
Adelstein said she has probably been in more than 100 shows starting from when she was a little girl until now; such as Grease, Footloose, Hairspray, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Annie, Cinderella and the list goes on. Adelstein has also acted in plays at Wesleyan such as Spelling Bee, Cabaret and more.
Adelstein said what she loves most about theatre is becoming the character and being able to portray it on stage, and for the audience to grasp it as well.
“I just can’t see myself anywhere but on stage. This is where I’m supposed to be,” Adelstein said.
Adelstein said theatre is generally underappreciated, and some people just don’t get it, including parents who see their child developing in theatre.
“There is so much to be appreciated about somebody that is artistic, just thinking in a different way and on a different level,” Adelstein said. “I don’t think like a scientist, but I appreciate those who do. I don’t think that people necessarily think the same way about art, especially performing arts.”
Krystalyn Lasater, freshman theatre major, said theatre is a rare form of art. Although art is visual, Lasater said theatre itself allows her to connect with herself and know who she is.
“I personally love theatre because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself and know what’s going on on the inside,” Lasater said.
Lasater said she fell in love with theatre during her very first performance at the Cats Theatre in Arlington, in which she played in the Littlest Angel at 10 years old.
Kaila Saffle, freshman theatre major, said her first role was when she was 10 years old in The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe.
Saffle has also performed in roles such as Beauty and the Beast, Much A Do About Nothing, Over the River and through the Woods, The Wedding Singer and more.
She said theatre is often overlooked.
Saffle said the reason why she loves theatre is because it tells a story through characterization.
“I get to help people understand theatre. I think when they see a character on stage, they find something to relate to that character and it helps them understand themselves more,” Saffle said. “I think humanity is an art form, and in theatre you get to express that art.”