The magic of live theater is even more inspiring when we see ourselves onstage…and for actors, the experience goes both ways.
Actor Monalisa Amidar shares her experience on the DCT stage!
“Today on THE LION, THE WITCH, & THE WARDROBE’s opening day, we had over 300 second graders from 3 different Dallas ISD schools. Growing up in the Philippines, I didn’t have access to community theater, much less, professional theater. I later learned as an adult that, while it’s a tad more accessible now, theater arts as a recreational/leisurely activity in the Philippines is, to put it simply, something reserved mostly for the elites & those with existing connection to the arts. Back then in Manila, I first did what I didn’t know was theater-streetside-ha!-storytelling-in alleyways, on the sidewalks, on our neighbors’ front steps with my fellow street urchin friends lol…Dancing & creating & sharing stories were my fave pastimes.
It’s not lost on me that this morning when I looked out & waved back at hundreds of wide-eyed 7-8 yr. old guests, at least half were glowing black & brown faces. It was their first ever class field trip & I’ll never forget & take for granted their enthusiasm & wonder & glee AT. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. They were cheering, gasping, chattering, clapping, reacting, living! For at least one child of immigrants, it was the best day of their life & I got to be part of making that happen. I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.”
– Monalisa Amidar (pictured center with serving tray)
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