Meet Laura Harris
|Name: Laura Harris|
Track: Theatre Education
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Describe a memorable event or image in an ACU play in which you have performed, directed, designed or crewed or one you've seen here.
One of the most memorable experiences I have had at ACU was working as one of the Assistant Stage Managers for Les Misérables. It was a show I never dreamed of working on, but it truly blessed my life. For me, the most vivid image in the show was the finale. During rehearsals, the directors talked so much about really finding a way to depict "climbing to the light." In the performances, it was a moment that brought tears to my eyes every night, even just watching from backstage. As the cast reprised "Do You Hear The People Sing?" the most gorgeous image was created on stage because no matter which cast member you looked at, each of them had discovered a way for their character to find the light, which was truly what the show was about. It is a memory I hope that I never forget.
How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
My faith has always grown in relation to working as an artist, and that's how I believe it should be. God's calling for your life, no matter what it is, is something that is going to bring you closer to Him. The more I work in what I think is God's calling for my life, the more my faith in Him grows. I believe teaching is something that is so very close to the heart of Christ and that is always where He has brought me closer to Him. When I'm helping a child or a younger student to develop or discover a skill they didn't know they had, God is always showing me something about myself and about His creations. Right now, my faith in my art is different than what it was in high school. College theatre is a lot different and sometimes I have to have the faith just to take it a day at a time, or the faith that I am going to get through the audition. After I graduate, who knows what it will be like? But, I am so excited to see the way that God uses the gifts He has given me to grow my faith through art for many years to come.
What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
Do not ever be discouraged. You are no less than anyone else. No less than the senior with the perfect voice. No less than the girl with perfect dance technique or the guy that seems to fit any role. Your talents may be different, or your background a little different, but you are no less. You are a perfect creation with *so* much ahead of you.
As far as your audition/interview goes with ACU, take the time to get prepared. Know your strengths and highlight them. You do not have to know exactly what you want to do with your life, but be able to talk about what you think you might want to. Be able to articulate experiences. If you're interviewing, know everything in your portfolio and be able to answer anything about it. Have someone else ask questions about it as a sort of practice. After you've spent hours looking at it while putting it together, you're likely to miss the obvious. Most importantly, know yourself. If you have questions, please contact us. The department wants you succeed. They want to invest in your talent, but most importantly you as a human being. And you are worth it.
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