Evansville Teenager is Shaking up the Theater World, But She Can’t Do it Alone!
Have you ever wanted something, but no one was giving it to you, so you decided to go one step further and make it happen for yourself? One Evansville teenager is inspiring many to stop waiting around for things to happen, and start making them happen!
Emily has a huge passion for theater and broadway. She is always trying out for her school musicals, and other local productions and she's getting tired of hearing the same thing over and over again about how she's "too young", or "too old" for a part, or how it's a "mans role and not a female role." This year due to a scheduling conflict she couldn't make the audition and automatically got cast in the ensemble, and that was the last straw for her. Emily decided that if she wasn't going to get cast in the roles she wanted she was just going to have to create those roles. So she did!
Emily and her friend Liz have decided to not only create their own production, they took it one step further and have decided to create their own theater company! It will be an all female production team and all female cast. You may or may not know, theater has a history of casting males in females roles, but very rarely the opposite. So Emily and Liz are changing that!
The Wench Theater Company will be putting on their first show, 1776. It's a musical about the founding fathers of America, but this time it will be worked with an all female cast. As Emily put it
this will be a love letter to all the women who helped found this country, but were never given credit.
In the words of her mom, Susan Hyatt,
The moral of this story?
If there’s something you crave, don’t wait around for someone to hand it to you. Create it yourself.
If nobody wants to cast you, cast yourself. If it doesn’t exist yet, start it up. If it hasn’t been written yet, write it yourself. If something is missing from your community, fill that gap. If nobody throws any cool parties in your town, host one yourself. If you’re tired of waiting around for your husband to book a romantic trip to Paris, take yourself on your own damn trip.
There are people who wait around. And there are people who act.
There are people who hope “somebody else will handle it.” And there are people who say, “Or, I could do it myself.”
There are people who spend their whole lives waiting to receive permission to do what they want to do, or have what they want to have. And there are people who write their own permission slip. People like Emily.
Which type of woman do you want to be?
I think that Emily is going to do big things. She has a Go Fund Me set up to help raise the money to make this dream a reality, you can check out her Go Fund Me, here. I am very much looking forward to seeing Emily's dream become a reality, and I can't wait to see an awesome all female version of 1776!
Here's the entire Facebook post about Emily's story! Read it, get inspired!
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