Going out on a limb and into the lights

Hello! My name is Molly and I am a senior day student from Hightstown. I am a co-leader of Peddie’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), play defense on the varsity field hockey team, work with both the Creative Writing Club and Amphion (Peddie’s literary magazine), am a Head Tour Guide and part of the Gold Key Society, and just last year became involved with lighting and tech for the spring play.

Coming to Peddie, having played field hockey all throughout middle school, I considered myself an athlete and never really expected to become involved in anything to do with the theater. Throughout freshman and sophomore year, most of the friends I made were involved with the theatre in one way or another: either they acted or were on the set crew. Even though I went to all of the productions they were in and loved every one of them, I still couldn’t see myself ever doing anything involved with the theatre department.

It took me until spring term junior year (almost three years) to finally say,“What the heck, why not?” I auditioned for The Crucible last spring and it was one of the most nerve-racking experiences of my life. I knew I was surrounded by people who had much more acting experience than I had, but I knew that all of my friends who were trying out too were supporting me.

I ended up not being chosen to be in the play, but this was one of the best things that could have happened to me because it led me to running the lights for the play, which was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I had so much fun spending time with the other people on the set crew and with the actors for the show. If I hadn’t gone out on a limb and tried out for the play, I never would have found something that I loved so much. Go out of your comfort zone and try new things, you never know what you might find!