ByAmara Freeman, writer at Creators.co
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Amara Freeman

In my high-school, we have an annual musical. For the past three years I have been apart of the stage-crew. This year, I was Stage Manager for the play Guys and Dolls. I excitedly excepted being in charge of my own wing on stage. I wanted to work with my friends to create a beautiful set.

Dragon when she was about half-way finished.
Dragon when she was about half-way finished.

I enjoy building a place where I can present it to whom ever. I love seeing a world open up, right before my very eyes, and be used to tell a story. The more beautiful the story, the better the set. I always to try to think creative, yet practical while building. Also, as a manager this year, I have been trying to delegate work more evenly. I try to make everyone have a good time, while getting some work done.

Most of my crew (not everyone was there).
Most of my crew (not everyone was there).

So here I am. The one on the first row, farthest to the right. Sitting next to my friend, and co-manager with my Los Pollos Hermanos beanie (Breaking Bad, baby!). It was a week before the play, and everyone was beyond stressed. We were exhausted, angry, and just done with everything. We made it through though. I now know what it's like to mange my goofy friends. Two of my closest friends are now confident enough to try out for a part next year, and I met some of the best people in the the world.

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Enchilada debate.

Being apart of stage-crew first started out as an escape from home. It very quickly became, not just a refuge, but a home. I met some of the greatest people in my life. Before, I had three blood sisters and brother, now I've got more than I can count. There are people I care about in, and out of the cast, not mattering where we were. When I felt like breaking down, there was always a friend there to stop me. Kids older than me, looked up to me. Sometimes that complements me, other times, I'm just their mother. But hey, someones gotta be there.

One big family.
One big family.

Over three years, I've seen people grow. I've seen everyone step up, and be the best that they can possibly be. All of their amazing talent, inspires me to continue to help present a magnificent show. People have disappointed me, but more often impressed me. I couldn't be prouder of both the cast and the crew. Everyone has shined with talent over the year, and I can't wait for everybody to one-up their old selves, next year.

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