I moved to East Hampton when I was 6. I was just a little first grader, moving to a little town from big New York City. It was a chance to do new things, new hobbies, meet new people. My friend, who was 5, told me she was going to go to a theater company that her sister went to. When I was in kindergarten, I had done "Princess and the Pea," and being able to choose my role, I chose the princess. I wanted to be in the spotlight. So I said yes. That's when my journey began.

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The first show we put on was "Winnie the Pooh" in Little Stages. I got Christopher Robin. The second I stepped on stage on opening night, I knew that was what I wanted to do, what I was supposed to do. Then, when I turned 8, I moved up to Big Stages. It's the whole experience that gives me a thrill: auditions, casting, practicing, and show time. My acting teacher, Helene Leonards, is the one who has gotten me where I am.

Now, I've done many shows, and had a few main roles as well, including Pippi Longstocking along with Edwina in "Dear Edwina." The second I walk into the Stages workshop, I'm happy. We call all of us the Stages Family. We form such a strong bond, and it ends up resulting in a beautiful play. If you think you might like acting, you should definitely try it. I go to Stages (stagesworkshop.org), but look for one in your community.