Contest Winner for February

Contest Winner for February is Julia Marchionda from Stoney Creek, Ont.

Once upon a time in a tiny Ontario town, there was a girl, fifteen years old at the time. Already, her first year of high school had gone by and she had nothing to show for it. Many of her friends had sports team jackets and souvenirs from trips to remember their first year of high school by and she was feeling left out. This girl had always loved to sing, and was pretty good at it too. Her school had a music department, but it seemed as though all of the kids who were deemed as outcasts and weirdoes made up the population there. Not wanting to label herself right at the beginning of high school, she stayed away from pretty much every extra-curricular activity. Continue reading »

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5 Ways To Deal With Nerves

Entry by Elena Juatco, Guest Blogger

Your palms get sweaty, your heart starts racing, and your temperature, for no reason at all, starts to rise. You feel like you might throw up. You feel like you might pass out. You feel like running the hell out of there. Any place is better than here.

First of all, let me assure you – You are not alone!

Yes, I still get nervous before I step on stage. Those nerves don’t go away no matter how old you get. (I’ve heard actors in their 70s say that they still get nervous before opening night!) But while nerves do not go away, we can still learn how to manage them better. Continue reading »

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The Show That Changed My Life

Entry by Elena Juatco, Guest Blogger

I believe that theatre is beautiful because it has a way of changing you: changing the way you feel, the way you think, maybe even the way you act because it opens your eyes to a whole other experience that you cannot access in every day life.

When I was 15, I saw a production of RENT at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. I loved the entire show, but for me, the moment that stood out was right after intermission when the entire company came forward, stood at the front of the stage and sang “Seasons of Love”. Continue reading »

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It Gets Better!

Entry by Kyle Golemba, Guest Blogger

Dan Savage, columnist of the popular advice column Savage Love, started the It Gets Better Project to help struggling gay youth on their journey. The project was developed in reaction to a shocking rash of LGBT students committing suicide. The basic concept is: LGBT adults making YouTube videos to help our youth know that no matter what they’re going through, no matter how bad it seems, it gets better. Continue reading »

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Contest Winner for December

Glee In Me Contest Winner – Tara M. from Alberta

A locker slams next to a young girl, the school bully about to chew her out again for having a butt that’s too big for her body. She gets teased and tormented pretty much almost daily. She’s in middle school right now, about to go into Junior High. These are probably the hardest years she’ll ever face, every day riddled with peer pressures like drugs, sex, the obsession with being cool; an inescapable social hierarchy. The pressure is so high, she runs, switches school for the remainder of her junior high years, then again for high school.

Yet, she comes back to the school where she finished her junior high, a K-12 school in a small town smack in the middle of Alberta. Who is this crazy girl? She must be totally insane, seeking depression or something. That girl is me, Tara Lynn, and no, I am not insane, nor am I seeking depression. With the help of music, I have learned that running is for, well, cowards. So I came back. Besides, that’s where my friends go, my fellow music lovers. “But Tara,” you say. “What songs could possibly make you go back?” to which I would simply reply that I prefer to be called Tarynn, and that Miley Cyrus’s song, “The Climb,” Nikki Yanofski’s song, “I believe,” and pretty much all of Avril Lavigne’s songs gave me courage.

It’s crazy, right? How a few simple songs could make such an impact on a teen’s life? It seems almost impossible for one to be so in tune with music that she actually thinks it can make a difference! Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible, because I have seen it happen first hand, and I am going to make it happen again. My new positive attitude has gained me many friends, and a really good friend and I are going to prove that, when we get our Show Choir started. We will choose to make a difference in the lives of people like us, so that they don’t feel like they have to run, because they don’t.

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