But what Katie really loves is Character. The challenge of stepping into another's place, learning their motives and getting a greater idea of who they really are, is a skill set that she can apply to real-life relationships. In her own words, "I love the opportunity to think deeply about a character, find things that are hidden that maybe no one else has seen, and then create that thing on stage." And for Katie, nothing can match the feeling of being able to use her character to evoke tears, gasps, and laughter from her audience.
Because of theater, Katie knows she must be responsible for herself. After all, no one else can memorize her lines for her. And that you must learn to get along with others regardless of your differences in order to put on a good show. In fact, one of her favorite aspects about theater is meeting and working with the dedicated and selfless people who are willing to give 100% effort into this experience they all love. Her parents agree that it's been the people who have had the biggest impact on Katie's life. While they enjoy seeing Katie use her talents along with her friends, it is the lasting good impressions her co-stars and AYT staff have on Katie for which they will be forever grateful.
Katie's parents have also seen her confidence soar through theater. She has had an easier time making friends and is more willing to try new things; like hair design, set building, directing, singing, etc. Whatever the challenge, Katie is up for it.
Lastly, Katie believes that being in theater is not about being discovered and making it to Broadway, but about finding yourself and developing characters that make a difference in the lives of others. Her mother would like to say, "Long live AYT!", while her father would just like to know where his seat plaque is :) (Editor's Note: as soon as we can figure out how to get the plaques to stick to the seats, they will be put back on!) :)
May you not only live long, Katie, but prosper as well!