By: Megan McCasland
In high school, I desperately wanted to go to college for theatre. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. After my college auditions came were met with rejection letters, I decided to give it one more shot before changing course. So I accepted Baylor’s offer and entered as an Undeclared major with plans to audition for the theatre program again in the fall. I showed my audition material to the Faculty-in-Residence of the Fine Arts LLC at the time, who just so happened to be a professor in the theatre department, and got feedback from him. And then I auditioned. I didn’t get in.
Looking back on it now, I’m glad I wasn’t accepted. If I had been accepted, I wouldn’t have become a Professional Writing major, which I believe was one of the best choices I’ve made in college. My personality is much better-suited to be a writer than it is to be an actor. I love the idea of taking thoughts from my head and putting it onto paper so that others may be inspired.
But, thanks to my internship here at Waco Civic Theatre, I have been able to combine my two passions.
Getting the opportunity to intern here has been a wonderful experience. Not only has it confirmed for me that my dream job is to write for theatre, but while working here, I have also gotten the opportunity to complete a variety of writing-related activities. I wrote a blog, designed and wrote a few emails to be sent out to those on our email list, put together a playlist, transcribed voice recordings from interviews with the cast, and created an audience guide for Baskerville. Getting the chance to do so many different types of writing helped me to expand my creativity and design skills as well as gave me the opportunity to discover strengths and weaknesses that I hadn’t found yet.
Again, I cannot express enough how much I have enjoyed my time at Waco Civic Theatre. It was so great to be back in a theatre environment again with people who were so welcoming and fun to be around. I am sincerely grateful to everyone here who helped make my experience so memorable.