by Ben Murphy
Many people have had that one “moment” in their life, that one situation or event that changes a mindset that they once had. It could be many different things, from something that may seem shocking such as being cut from a sports team or meeting a celebrity to something as simple as helping a friend through a tough time. My own “moment” was deciding to join my school’s drama club. Before 9th grade, if I was told to join a musical or drama club, I would’ve laughed at you. I was an athletic kid. I played ice hockey and baseball and those were my entire life. However, when I entered high school, I got talked into joining the school play by my mom and my older sister, who was currently in the shows. Honestly, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I didn’t really consider myself the best singer or dancer, but there was just something about being there that just brought out a different type of joy that I had never really felt playing sports. Everyone was nice and supportive, and no one brought others down- just picked each other up. It was a great environment of friendship, laughter, and fun. It was a few weeks in when I realized that drama club was something special that I wanted to be a permanent part of my life.
The drama club really helped me grow as a person; it showed me that I have both a talented side and, most importantly, a supportive and friendly side that can actually make good people respect me and treat me with the same support and friendliness, which is something that I didn’t experience on my sports teams. Being in the drama club also showed me what being around supportive people can do for a person’s confidence. When I was sad, even the kids who didn’t know me would help cheer me up, and it was a great feeling that I don’t think I could find anywhere else. Some of the people I met in the drama club impacted my life significantly; my director has become one of my best friends and most supportive people in my life. The drama club really changed my opinion about how some people are, since sports players can be a bit critical of others. In drama club, I have made countless friendships, enjoyed so many memories, and met some of the nicest people in my life. Although I still play hockey and I am still very passionate about it to this day, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without the Garnet Valley Drama Club.