Congratulations to Kayla Moreno, who presented the most charming case for being our Valentine during a contest we held on our Conservatory Facebook page; Kayla will be attending the dress rehearsal of her choice this summer at the Bruns. Here’s the love letter she wrote us on Facebook:
Why should I be your Cal Shakes Valentine? Oooh … where do I begin? Three years ago I joined the Conservatory just for the sake of something to do over the summer. The end result was something to do over the summer for the next (at least) four years. My favorite summer is hard to pick, because they’re all so awesome!! I anticipate each newsletter, expecting it to be registration time. Why? Because it means that I am just THAT CLOSE to being back with all my Cal Shakes besties!
I can honestly say that most of my best friends are from the Conservatory. What I love most about them is that I can tell them (well, my closest ones!) anything from my biggest fears to my deepest fantasies. They’re the people that I know won’t laugh when I tell them that I wanted a pet unicorn when I was a kid and actually thought that my unicorn stuffed animals would come to life. OK, so, maybe they’ll laugh. But in a friendish way! They’re the people that I can anticipate auditioning for American Idol with next year when I’m of age ;) lol you know who you are.
When the second semester rolls around, I always start up a Countdown to the Conservatory and hang it up on my wall. I’m a little slow on that, but I’ll get to it tomorrow, I promise! :)
Cal Shakes has been a part of my life since I was just starting middle school and it’s helped me through all the twists and turns of just starting to become a teenager, in a strange way. I know that I won’t be scared for high school next year because I’ll have had such a great summer that thoughts of fear won’t even have time to cross my mind. My self esteem is never higher than those five weeks of summer. The Conservatory is a place for someone like me to be able to just be herself without the worry of someone judging her for being a theater geek. Because, hey, it’s a camp MADE of and for theater geeks! :)
SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER!!
Happy Valentine’s Day :)
Pictured: Sandy Serwin, Kayla Moreno, and Margaret Williams in the 2010 conservatory production of The Comedy of Errors; photo by Jay Yamada.