I was looking through a bunch of old pictures the other day and came across these pictures from Les Miserables at Tuacahn in 2005. Looking back, this was by far one of the most impactful experiences I was blessed to have in high school. That summer, I was an excited, freshly driver's-licensed 16 year old who was so ecstatic to be a part of this inaugural program at Tuacahn. I walked away from that show with some amazing friends, countless fun memories, knowledge, experience, and an increased love of performing. It really taught me how to use my talents to reach out and serve other people. And I continued learning and trying to exercise this concept throughout high school under Mr. Saxton. My experience with musical theater in high school was truly life-changing. I don't know what I would have done those 3 years without it. It makes me realize how grateful I am for people like Mr. Saxton, Mrs. Snow, Jan, Andy, and all the other amazing, amazing people who directed me and guided me during those times in my life. They truly helped shape my passion, and made me strive to be a better person. I wish I could just build a time machine and go back to that time in my life. It's been really hard to go from having it be such a huge part of my life for 3 years to having it virtually not exist for me here at BYU. It's been literally 14 months since I've auditioned for a show and almost a year (CRAZY) since I did Little Shop. I honestly think that might be one of the reasons I've been having such a difficult time lately. It's like I don't have that release or escape or whatever you want to call it anymore, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement, so it's just school and stress and nose to the grindstone all the time. I miss this!