As a grade 12 student, I’ve been busy planning my schools prom, visiting universities and of course, enjoying what I have left of my senior year. I’ve missed talking to you all, but am so glad to have found some time to share an exciting announcement with you.

I am the official first ever JG Girl! JG is a sweatshirt brand created in 2006 in an attempt to help people, old and young, be different, look good and feel good about themselves (be young at heart). Their quality, brand, elegance/style, colour and sweatshirt boutique niche helps them stand apart from their competitors. As the first ever JG girl, I’m honored to have been able to model some of their apparel and be a guest at their grand opening in two weeks.

Listen out for radio advertisements on Flow Radio Station and join the JG Club for an opportunity to win Katy Perry tickets! Also, don’t forget to come to the grand opening from 1-3 to check out their awesome apparel and say hello to me!

I will be sure to share some pictures of the grand opening with you all and keep you posted on my most recent endeavors as a JG Girl. Thank you JG Athletica for this opportunity, I am very excited to see what will come next!

Another reminder that tickets for the Miss Teenage Ontario Gala in support of Free The Children are still on sale! Send me an email at missteenageontario@gmail.com to reserve your tickets. Can’t attend the gala? That’s ok, you can leave a donation on my GoFundMe page! Remember that every little bit counts.

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that works locally and internationally to enable younger generations to be agents of change. They use a series of initiatives such as We Bake For Change, We Scare Hunger, and We Are Silent to help achieve their goals and create a better world for everyone to live in. As noted in my introduction blog post, I am very passionate about working for Free The Children and so I hope that through my fundraising efforts, I will be seen as a strong advocate and be able to bring other people on board.

I will be back next week, but until then, keep smiling!

 Thinking positively,

Michela P. <3

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Hello my beautiful readers,

With a stamp of accomplishment on my back and a jar full of fulfilment in my heart, I am beyond happy to say that I spent last Thursday inspiring school-aged children at two different events!

To begin my day, I went to Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School to speak with the “Gifted Girls” club. This is a group run by student teachers to emphasize the importance of self respect and teaches girls how to embrace their inner beauty. What made this event even more special was that I am a former Guardian Angels graduate, which means that I have been in the exact same position as many of the children I was talking to. I shared a very personal story with these girls, involving my experience with bullying in my younger years:

Participating in the Vow of Silence at Guardian Angels. I am the third from the left in the third row!

Growing up, I participated in a series of activities that made me feel good about myself. Weather it be the eco-team, Christian leadership club or reading buddies, I was always working on a new project! Eventually, I started to realize that the other people my age weren’t interested in the same types of activities that I was. I also realized that what I was doing wasn’t considered ‘cool’ amongst my group of friends. Because of this, I was constantly being put down for the work that I was doing. It seemed as though the more I took on, the more I would be made fun of. Imagine being told that the activity that makes you the happiest, isn’t socially acceptable. Well, that’s exactly how I felt! Eventually, people started to make harsh comments and drove me to a point where I didn’t even want to go to school anymore. I remember asking my mom if the teasing would stop if I just quit all of my extra curricular’s. This meant no book club, no gymnastics, no pageants, and no fundraising initiatives… I was willing to give all of this up, just to ‘fit in’ with the kids at school. Thankfully, I had a very supportive mom who was able to remind me that things get better. She taught me that I should continue to reach for my stars and not allow anyone to hold me back. But of course, the teasing still continued. Finally, I decided to take this problem to my teacher. My caring, loving and devoted teacher instantly became a person that I could trust with my feelings. To this day, I can honestly say that Mrs. Bedford changed my life for the better. Besides my supportive family, she was one of the only people I felt like I could open up to. Not only did she listen to my troubles, but she also provided me with techniques on how to block the negative energy and focus on the positives in life. Through talking to Mrs. Bedford, I learned that things will always get better and that I should never get lost in a field of lambs, but rather be my own little lamb and stand out.  Mrs. Bedford proved to me that there is absolutely no shame in speaking to an adult when you are being impacted negatively by the actions of others. Think of it this way, are you getting someone in trouble or helping someone get out of trouble?

If I managed to inspire just one student that day, I will consider myself to have been successful! Hopefully, I not only reached the hearts of the victims, but the bullies as well. With all of the physical and emotional changes happening to a child between grades 6 and 8, I understand that school can be a very challenging place to be. With that being said, bullying should never be tolerated; therefore, I strongly believe that it is crucial for every child to have a positive role model in their life. Luckily for me, mine was just a desk away! After speaking to the group of gifted girls, the teachers invited me into three other intermediate classrooms to touch upon the topic of bullying and respect. It was a pleasure sharing my story with these children, and of course, seeing all of my favourite teachers again (including Mrs. Bedford). Thank you Guardian Angels for having me, I hope to visit again soon!

Author Susan & I

My second event of the day focused on the importance of literacy. Along side children’s author Susan Aguilo, I opened Our Lady of Fatima’s celebration of Catholic Education Week with a speech regarding my views on literacy. I discussed ways in which I have managed to incorporate daily doses of literacy into my busy schedule and how fortunate we are to be provided with an education here in Canada. After the opening ceremony was complete, I was eager to circulate around the school and read all of the wonderful short stories each of the children had been working so hard on. Susan had been working with the students over a duration of 3 months to teach them how to create their own stories. Clearly the hard work had paid off, because each of the stories were professional and fun to read! With over 100 to choose from, I didn’t get a chance to read them all, but I’m sure that they were all great!

How cool are these picture book illustrations?

Thank you to Susan for inviting me and Our Lady of Fatima for hosting such a wonderful event. Congradulations to all of the successful authors of the night.

A bit longer then normal, but I had so much fun speaking to these audiences I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all! Once again, thank you for all of the constant support, I would not be where I am today without each and everyone one of you (and yes, I’m addressing both my haters & my motivators here).

Quick little side note: ONLY 2 MONTHS AND 17 DAYS UNTIL NATIONALS ! I AM SO  EXCITED !!!!!!!!!

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

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Hey Friends!

After an insanely busy weekend that left me with an actual dent in my head from my crown, I am FINALLY recuperating and gaining back some of that lost energy.  

On that note, I suppose I should provide you with a few details regarding the events that I attended last weekend…

OutGrow OutPlay Mississauga 

Day 1 with my good friends Elmo & Olaf

OutGrow OutPlay is a children’s consignment sale located in Mississauga, Ontario. The primary focus of this sale is to help families make money off of what their children have quite literally ‘outgrown’ and ‘outplayed’. As you can imagine, children grow and change their interests extremely quickly; therefore, costing their caregivers thousands of dollars a year just to upgrade these items. OutGrow OutPlay allows people to drop off new and used items to be sold in a large arena at reasonable prices. Think of it like a giant garage sale, except you don’t have to do any of the work! 

I chose to affiliate myself with this event for two main reasons. One: They really encourage first time moms to come and shop! I think that this is fantastic for all first time parents because it gives them an opportunity to save money at a very crucial time in their lives. Not only is this event a place to shop, but they also offer vendor tables where they can learn about things like RSP’s for their children. Two:The entry fee is either a box of diapers or non-perishable food item! I love the idea of incorporating a charity into events like these simply because it teaches people how to give to others and become a little more selfless. 

Day 2 with Gabriella, owner of OutGrow OutPlay

I spent both my Saturday morning and entire Sunday helping greet, survey and assist shoppers, as well as collect some of the donations. It was wonderful to have been able to participate in this event for a second year, and I look forward to teaming up with the staff at OutGrow OutPlay to find other means of incorporating diaper collections into their fall event. 

Oshawa Recreational Italian Club

I am proud to say that my family is of Italian decent and that we strive to incorporate our culture into our daily lives as much as possible. Whether it be what we ate for dinner, or through having a loud family gathering on a Tuesday night, we make sure that old Italian traditions are passed down from generation to generation. 

Miss Italia 2015 & I after crowning

In an attempt to keep these traditions alive, a lot of communities have been formed based on people’s  heritage. The Oshawa Italian Club is a place where the Italian community can come together and celebrate their culture through recreational activities and events. Every year, the club chooses one Miss and one Mini-Miss to represent their culture at what is called Fiesta Week. Fiesta Week is when all of the clubs across Oshawa come together to celebrate their diversity. Each club is responsible for their own pavilion where they may choose to sell cultural food or products and perform cultural dances. I had the privilege of choosing this years Miss Italia and MCing the actual crowning ceremony. 

The night was full of live entertainment, great food and most importantly, wonderful company. I loved seeing the younger generations embrace their families culture and truly become ambassador’s of their heritage. After attending such an amazing event like this, there is no way that I wouldn’t raise my future children in an atmosphere like that. 

…And that my friends, is what kept me busy last weekend! Although I hardly had a second to breathe, I made a ton of great memories and am now looking forward to many more busy weekends like these! 

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

 

 

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Smiling for the camera on this bright and sunny morning!

I spent last Sunday as a VIP at the 11th Annual Run4Hope race in Brampton, Ontario and had so much fun! Despite the chilly temperatures, I really enjoyed meeting new people and embracing the beautiful scenery I was surrounded by.

Run4Hope is a 5 and 10k race for people of all ages, with a special focus on students. People as young as 6 years old and as old as 85 year’s old come together as individuals or in a team of 4 to show their endurance and speed by running either 5 or 10k. The event welcomes schools through what they call a “School Challenge” which is a friendly competition among the students.

At the end of the race, awards were presented to the female and male who came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both the 5&10k race, as well as to the schools who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This year, there were 8 participants under the age of 10, and so they too were recognized for their achievement with a medallion.

With the MC and Event Coordinator

The unique thing about Run4Hope is that each year, they choose a charity to give their proceeds to. Once again, Run4Hope chose Sky’s The Limit as their charity of choice. Sky’s The Limit is a Youth Organization that’s main goal is to provide youth in the community with the resources that they need to be successful. They collect refurbished laptops and distribute them to the students in grades 9-12 who otherwise could not afford one and have established many mentorship programs to ensure their success.

Speaking with the MC before the awards ceremony

I absolutely loved this event because it promoted both a healthy lifestyle and the importance of supporting your own community. I am so happy that I was able to be apart of this day and participate in an event that was brand new to me! I look forward to running in the 10k race next year and hope to win myself one of those shinny medals too!

Thank you for having me Run4Hope, see you again next year!

I also wanted to remind all of my readers that I am still selling tickets for my gala, so be sure to contact me if you are interested in attending.

Lastly, I don’t post ALL of the events that I go to on my blog, so be sure to check out my Facebook page as well for daily updates and more photo’s on events that I have attended.

Thank you for all of the continuous support.

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

 

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After being absent from your lives for the past two weeks, I suppose a blog post updating you on my recent adventures would be appropriate…

With that being said, HAPPY THURSDAY everyone!

Thursday’s are slowly becoming my favourite day of the week for MANY reasons:

  1. Thursday’s are my ‘me’ days. This mean’s I am free to work out at my own leisure, read a book or catch up on the newest episodes of my favourite TV show (Glee… even though it’s currently over :( or Dragon’s Den)
  2. My sister and I always have a date night on Thursday’s. This is when we go to our favourite local salad bar for dinner and run errands together (by errands, I usually mean go shopping)
  3. Most importantly, I get to write a blog post about my most recent endeavours and share them with all of you! I absolutely love the idea of having a blog because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on all of these fun new experiences and share them with others.

So being that I love Thursday’s so much, now seems like the perfect time to share some recent updates with you…

As you all know, I am hosting a gala in support of Free The Children in June. This event will not only raise awareness, but also raise a lot of money that will be put towards initiatives such as building wells or providing children over seas with an education. Without the support of local businesses, this event would not be possible. It is amazing to see how generous and supportive the people of my community actually are.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to…

Bodies By Design Personal Training for the 6 membership packages that will be put towards the evenings raffle

WildCard Entertainment for the tickets, casino tables, silent auction and more

Number One Events and Decor for the centre pieces and decorations 

Totera Fine Foods for the raffle contribution 

Finch Centre Jewellers for the raffle contribution 

Yo Amo Tacos Bar ‘n Grill Woodbridge for the raffle contribution 

And St. Phillips Fine Bakery in Woodbridge for the raffle contribution  

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this nights event OR would like to attend this event on June 19th @ 7pm in Woodbridge, Ontario  please contact me through email. 

Photography: Sweetart Images

I’ve also had the opportunity to take some official photo’s in my sash and crown thanks to another wonderful sponsor, Sweetart Images By Sonia Mederios. Photographer Sonia never fails to amaze me with her creativity and professionalism. She truly does make you feel comfortable while on set and allows you to have fun too! Her outstanding work keeps me going back every season. 

Hair & Makeup: Creatively Beautiful

My hair and makeup for the day was also sponsored by Creatively Beautiful Salon. As a client of this salon for many years, I can honestly say that I have never left disappointed. Without even knowing what look I am seeking that day, the stylists and artists never fail to amaze me. I wouldn’t rather go anywhere else!

Wardrobe: No.1 Boutique

Lastly, two of the three outfits I wore were sponsored by Number One Boutique in Woodbridge. Number One Boutique is a trendy little store that will surely keep you up to date on the latest fashions. The staff are super helpful and are basically guru’s when it comes to fashion. I’m pleased to announce that they will also be providing me with a wardrobe for Nationals week in August.

I am so thankful to be surrounded by such supportive individuals who are helping me achieve my goal of winning Miss Teenage Canada. Without this constant support and generosity, I certainly would not be where I am today. So thank you to all of the businesses listed above and to you, my readers, for always keeping me motivated.

Check back next Thursday when I’ll be talking about an event I’ll be at this weekend.

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

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“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”

-Lao Tzu

As I ponder on the meaning of this quote, I begin to think of all journeys that I have taken in my life time. Some may be considered small, like my journey through Club Monico on Boxing Day; where as other’s are much larger, like my journey to university. Nonetheless, all are of equal importance to me. One journey that stands out from the rest is most definitely my journey through pageants.

I strongly believe that everyone must start somewhere, and as Lao Tzu once explained, it all begins when you take your first step. Pageants seem to be an ongoing journey in my life.

One of my first pageants ever… WOW have thing's changed!

Starting at 8 years old simply because I loved the stage, I would have never thought that 9 years later I would be in the position that I am today. From being a nervous little girl on stage, to competing with a high degree of confidence and determination, I have evolved not only as a pageant girl, but also as a person.

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of going back to where it all started and taking on the role of judge and hostess at a pageant that I have previously competed in myself.  Now let me tell you, not being on stage as a competitor was the most unfamiliar feeling. For the past 2 years, I have not missed a single pageant; therefore, I couldn’t help but feel a little out of place at first. However, I quickly got into the flow of things as I prepared myself to judge my first pageant ever! Yup, that’s right… I became a judge for the day. You never truly realize how difficult this job is until you are required to perform it yourself.

Both of us are previous competitors who participated as judges for the day

Judging both boys and girls aged 0 months to 4 years, I wanted to give them all perfect 10’s just for being their cute little selves. But of course, I couldn’t do that. Instead, I was taught what to look for and how to be a fair judge. It was interesting to sit on the other side of the table and be able to identify what makes a competitor stand out from the rest. I certainly did learn a lot and am looking forward to potentially judging another pageant soon.

Handing out awards!

After my morning of judging was over, I stayed to support the older girls and help with crowning as a hostess. This was a lot of fun because I was able to organize the beautiful sashes and crowns AND cheer on my friends at the same time! Over the years, I have created special bonds with many of my pageant friends; some of which, I would even consider family. Just as they were there in the audience to cheer me on during the Miss Teenage Ontario competition, I wanted to be there to cheer them on as well. My journey through pageants have taught me many things. Specifically, the importance of good sportsmanship and how to appreciate everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. Being there that day proved that these core values have been embedded in my heart and will never be forgotten.

I was so proud to see all of my pageant sister’s sparkle on stage and of course, even more proud to see them win supreme titles. But after a day of feathery chicken costumes and an unlimited supply of mini-egg’s, I was in need of a detoxing smoothie and of course, my beauty sleep.

My beautiful pageant sister Hannah-Mae & I

Just when I thought that my pageant days were coming to an end, new door’s have been opened and are ready to explore. Every day is one day closer to the Miss Teenage Canada competition, and I am so anxious to see what that will have in store for me.

Look’s like my pageant journey is far from over…

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

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Hi everyone!

I hope that everyone’s Thursday treated them well, I know that mine did!

I am currently on Spring Break which means I have lot’s of extra time to relax, read and discover many great new vegan blogs! So far, the highlight of my break has certainly been the purchase of my Spirooli.

'Excited' would be an understatement for how I was feeling

As a vegetarian who is trying to phase into a vegan, it’s always exciting to find great new alternatives to animal based foods. So naturally, I’ve been wanting to try ‘zoodles’ for quite some time now. Thankfully, with the help of my awesome new Spirooli, I can make noodles out of any vegetable I want! Sounds lame I know, but this really is the type of thing that get’s me excited…I suppose its just my inner vegan attempting to shine through.

Gym Owner; Kris (Left), Personal Trainer; Alex (Right) & I at "Bodies By Design"

With that being the highlight of my break, I have also been working hard at achieving some fitness goals over the past few weeks. Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of posing with Bodies By Design owner Kristopher Simpson and my personal trainer Alex after a great one on one season. I absolutely love training at Bodies By Design because of both the positive atmosphere and moral support that is provided. Everyone is looking out for my best interest and helping me reach my goals. Fitness has always been an important part of my life, however after a few years off as a competitive gymnast I was in need of some help getting back on track. Thankfully, Bodies By Design has taken me on and will be working with me to not only look great, but also feel great.

Once a gymnast, always a gymnast! ( I guess we can call this my "before" picture)

I believe that fitness is about keeping the body healthy. With that being said, I am striving to be the best I can be and gain some confidence in the process. I will not achieve greatness until I give it my all, thus I plan on working hard. I’m excited to learn many new techniques and cannot wait to reveal my results at nationals in August!

Always thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

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Guess what!? It’s Thurs(almost Fri)day!

I was very excited to be there...

Last Friday, I attended a super fun trivia night in support of The Vita Centre. This was an extra special appearance for me because I have been working closely with them for the past few years.

Last November, I even collected over 100 boxes of diapers and had them donated to this center via school bus.

For those who don’t know, the “Vita Centre is a charitable organization dedicated to providing life affirming community support to all pregnant and parenting women in Peel. Vita Centre takes leadership in promoting awareness and understanding of the impact of (un)planned pregnancy on families and the community” (Vita Centre, 2013, ¶1). I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the mothers who directly benefit from the center and can honestly say that it makes a large impact on their lives. There is no way to describe how proud I feel knowing that I have made such a positive difference in my own community.

Team St. Patrick's!

The event encouraged each team to dress up for a fun night of trivia (the St Patrick’s team and Jammie’s and Stuffies were most definitely my favorites)! I was even lucky enough to say a few words. At this time, I talked about my reign as Miss Teenage Ontario and how pageants have led me to create a platform regarding the cause that I feel the most passionate about.

With Tanya, A Vita staff member

It was great to be able to share some of my experiences with volunteering and advocate for my charity Diapers 4Smiles. I met many great new contacts that night and cannot wait to see what I will be able to accomplish next for the Vita Centre. I would like to thank all of the staff for welcoming me into their family and always giving me an opportunity to share what I have done for them with the public. They are the most kind-hearted people I know and great supporters of all that I do.

 

I look forward to more great events with them and another diaper collection in the near future.

Always thinking positively…

Until next Thursday,

Michela.P. <3

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Hello you beautiful people, and of course, HAPPY THURSDAY!

This week has been one of my much busier weeks since crowning. Unlike other times where school and appearances have kept me away from receiving my precious beauty sleep, I have been kept busy by working on a very special project that has been on the down low until now.

Thanks for the 100 'likes' !

I told all of my Facebook followers that I would announce the surprise if they helped me get my Facebook Page to 300 ‘likes’. I was so excited to see that they went above and beyond and helped me get way more than just 300.

With that being said, it was my turn to hold up my end of the bargain and release my announcement. Since you’ve all been so patient, I suppose it’s your turn to find out what my big secret is!

Drum roll please…..

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a gala in support of Free The Children in less then one month. This week, I was on the hunt to find people who would support the cause and help me put on a great event. I think that I have finally managed to put together an amazing lineup for the evening full of great food and entertainment! I’m super excited to see how it all come’s together and raise money for a great cause. For anyone interested in attending the event, please stay tuned for further details on how to purchase your tickets next week! 

I also found an article of me published in the Woodbridge Snap! Check it out: https://woodbridge.snapd.com/event/814408#/

I hope everyone has had a fabulous week and thrilling Thursday! Don’t forget to check back to find out how YOU can contribute to this amazing event.

Sending my love.

Thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

 

 

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Happy Thursday!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the term “Throwback Thursday”… with that being said, I’m starting my own version by blogging almost every Thursday about what happened that past week or share an interesting thing about myself on my road to Miss Teenage Canada. It’s like a short term throwback, right?

Ever since I can remember, my happy place has been wherever the stage was- wherever I could perform. I remember spending countless hours at musical rehearsals or on set filming commercials for the latest new toys while other kids my age were found playing at the park or with their friends. Although I didn’t partake in “normal” activities considering my age, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Pictures from a commercial I did at 9 years old!

My drive to succeed extends far beyond the average 17-year old. I have sacrificed a normal social life to reach my goals… but I assure you; I am not even close to where I want to be yet.

My dream? To have my very own TV show! You know, something like YTV’s Life With Boys or Family Channels “Girl Meet’s World”. As I get older, I fear not being able to make this dream become a reality. The idea that even if I do make it, I wont be considered a “child star” scares me. Nonetheless, I continue to stay positive and do my best. At the end of the day, as long as I know I gave it my all, I will be proud of myself.

I look at the wonderful Marilyn Monroe as a role model in this aspect of my life. She once said, “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest”. Marilyn seamlessly captured the essence of what it takes to make something of yourself…you need to have the passion.  In such a competitive industry, you must work hard at making your dreams become a reality. Being that there are hundreds of thousands of girls who want the same thing you want, you must find a way to make yourself stand out. Finding yourself not only as an actor, but also as a person truly does help with this.

Hair and makeup done & mic'd for a Family Channel commercial shoot

Acting has taught me way more than just how to mold into a character in less then 10 seconds, how to change my shirt without actually taking off my shirt or how to improvise an entire show when someone missed a line; it taught me how to be confidant, how to converse in a public setting, how to make my self stand out and the importance of punctuality and dedication.

Over the past four months, I challenged myself as an actor and went on the other side of the table. I became the DIRECTOR!

A drama competition called the “Sears Festival” takes place every year where students either write or direct their own plays to be judged. I, alongside my best friend directed a play called “Floating on a Don’t Care Cloud” by Lindsay Price. FOADCC focuses on teenage social issues revolving around drug use and relationships while incorporating an amazing chorus and creative staging.

Cast of Floating on a Don't Care Cloud 2015 with my co-director!

I was fortunate enough to work with a talented cast of 15 students who gave this their all and helped make my visions come to life. Obviously, working alongside people around your age comes with its challenges. There is a very fine line between being their friend and being their director; however, I am thankful to have had very respectable cast members who didn’t make this a large problem.

The night of the shows were extremely nerve raking. At this point, all I could do was trust that my cast was prepared. We set the stage, took our seats in the audience with a notebook in hand and hoped for the best. By the end of the show week, my co-director and I cried tears of happiness. We were so proud of what we were able to accomplish and of our cast for pulling through.

Pre-show Excitement !

You never truly appreciate the hard work put in by your directors until you are one yourself. I have a whole new respect for what happens behind the stage and can honestly say that I would love to experience this again. Who knows, maybe I can create a career out of this?

Being a Sears director was the most amazing experience of my life and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I have a ton of people to thank for helping me put on a great show including my cast, teachers and parents.

Sear’s 2015 will be one for the books.

Thinking positively,

Michela

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