Our Lady of Peace senior Maddie Shallan joined the theater department her freshman year and it's easy to see she found a comfort zone on the stage. She says she thanks her parents for steering her in the that direction
"My parents told me I needed to do something to make friends, and to be busy after school. I thought that theater looked really fun, even though at the time, I had terrible stage fright."
And while she enjoys every role she's played, it's the friendships she's created that have been a real life changer.
"It sounds cliche, but being apart of theater is like having a second family. I've made some of the greatest friends, who are all supportive and loving. It's through theater I've been able to become one hundred times more confident with myself, and I'm really happy with the person who I am today."
But because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Maddie and the rest of the OLP theater department missed out on their final curtain call.
"It really is heartbreaking to see our last production get canceled, because there is so much hard work that goes into it. There is also the fact that we never got the chance to say good-bye after our actual last performance, because we didn't know that was the end."