Carolyn Wesley has felt a strong connection to the New England Youth Theater since age 11, when she appeared as a fairy in the first NEYT production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She watched with joy as the theater found a home next to the Latchis, and she came to support dear friends as they appeared in show after show. She appeared in Eric Bass' production of the "Good Person of Szechuan" in 2003, but she didn't really join the NEYT family until 2005 when the theater mounted an ambitious production of "The Music Man," in which she played Marian Paroo. That show seemed to turn the tide for the theater and Carolyn has been immensely proud of every new stage in the theater's development since then. On a break from college she was able to perform in the first mentor Cabaret at the new theater, and she appeared in the first Alumni production as Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest." She also played Elmire in the second (hopefully annual) Alumni production, "Tartuffe."
Carolyn attends St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she majors in English, takes as many theater classes as possible, and appears in campus productions. She hopes that NEYT students preparing for college will consider St. Olaf as a strong liberal arts program with great opportunities for involvement in theater (and particulary music) in a supportive and welcoming community.
As NEYT continues to grow, and more and more young people develop their sense of self through their involvement with it, Carolyn remains endlessly proud of her little town and the friendly theater monster it created. She hopes to remain involved in whatever way she can in the years to come.