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PDS Portraits: Julia Parks '19
PDS Portraits: Julia Parks '19

"When I was in Lower and Middle School, I watched all the PDS theater performances, and I have always wanted to be a part of the theater here. My first big part was in sophomore year; I played Marcy Park in the 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and I really started to feel like a part of the PDS theater family.

It's something I always look forward to after school. If I've had a stressful day, I can go there and it's just me and my lines and my character. Tech week, right before the show opens, is my favorite time of year because nothing else matters except theater. There's no time to think about what to do next if something goes wrong on stage, if someone drops a line or gets hurt, the set falls over ... crazy things happen and you have to keep going. It makes me feel like I can do anything.

Performing theater at PDS is not quite the same fairytale that I imagined in fourth grade; it's much more work! But the joy of it is even greater than I ever imagined. After a show closes, you feel the best kind of tired, you're spent from doing what you love and afterward you just fall into bed like 'whoomph.'"