Hello, my name is Cleo, and I am 14 years old. I have been at NEYT since the summer I turned 10, when I first walked nervously into the building to perform in the Melodrama Camp performance of Treasure Island. I wanted the smallest part possible, and when I found out the shocking truth, that I was Jim Hawkins, I was terrified. But not for long. One week and I was hooked. Since that day, I have been in The Music Man as Irma Hix, Deadwood Dick as Molly Loveless, King Stag as Brighella, Winnie the Pooh as Fox, The Miracle Worker as Martha and the young Annie Sullivan, and Blind King Sleeping Queen as Princess Johanna of Spain. My favorite play out of all of these is The Miracle Worker, but my favorite role was Molly Loveless in Deadwood Dick. NEYT has become a regular part of my life and has helped me learn about myself. I am now stage managing the Jungle Book. It is a great play, and it is nice to know that even though i am too old to be in the cast, i can still have a role in it. I have made so many amazing friends through the theatre as well. If anything happens, my NEYT friends are like a safety net, catching me if i fall. They are all motivated, they inspire me everyday, and i cannot live without them. Being part of the NEYT company is a wonderful thing and it is really refreshing to be around so many kind and supportive people. I know that I have gained confidence, acting skills, great friends, and above all, a strong sense of self.
"Jump and the net will appear" - Stephen's favorite saying