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Memorable Moments at DCT – A little brother’s perspective…

Memorable Moments at DCT: Elizabeth’s 12-year-old brother, Henry, shares his perspective…Part 2

by Henry Jiede

Henry age 8 as Dachshund
in DCT Summer Camp

We want to thank all of you who are taking the opportunity during these challenging times to share your DCT stories with us. Elizabeth and her family are great examples of the impact DCT has had on so many families. Read on in our second installment with the wonderful Jiede family.

Henry age 9 as Cat in the Hat
in DCT Summer Camp

What is one specific moment from your experience at DCT that is meaningful to you?

I enjoy summer camps the best because they are fun. I work with really nice teachers like Ms. Linda and Mr. Doug. We get to choose our own characters and write the play that we perform at the end of the week. In my first year when I was really young, I chose to be Winnie the Pooh. In other years, I was an evil dachshund and an evil Cat in the Hat. Being evil is so much fun on stage! After my third grade year, I invited several of my school friends to summer camp with me to join my evil ways.

Why do you think live performances are better, and what are your favorite shows?

It’s more fun to see a show live rather than on TV. It’s more interactive to see the actors perform right in front of you. I also like meeting the actors after the show and taking pictures. I have a large collection of programs autographed by the actors!

Henry age 12 and Elizabeth age 14 with Nancy
Schaeffer after Next Stop Broadway in 2020

I have several favorite DCT shows. Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly was really funny and used the best jokes from the book. I invited a group of my school friends to see A Year With Frog and Toad for my birthday in first grade, and it was a great show. I enjoyed seeing my sister Elizabeth on on stage for Miracle on 34th Street. It’s one of my family’s favorite Christmas movies that we watch every year, but we enjoyed it on stage even more. My first grade class even got to go see her in it for our field trip!

What is your favorite part of DCT today?

Henry age 7, attending Miracle on 34th Street with parents

Now that I’ve started taking musical theater classes at DCT, I enjoy learning about acting and getting to perform. This year, I got to be part of Mr. Doug’s Next Stop Broadway show for the first time. It’s so much fun to be on the big stage performing our class number! At the end, all of the performers were out on stage for the bows, and the audience gave us all a standing ovation. It was awesome!

Missed Elizabeth’s Memorable Moments? Catch up here!

Photos courtesy of Henry Jiede

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