An Accidental Family

Posted 22 April 2011 12:00 AM by Luana Eugenio, City Spotlights High School Intern

My name is Luana Eugenio, but you may call me "Lulu". I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Boston Latin School.

To sum up who I am and my personality, I am a fun, loving, happy Goofball. I have been dancing and modeling for a very long time, however I have always loved theatre and the joy it brings me. Being a High School Intern for the Citi Performing Arts Center Education Department has allowed me to show what I can do, help other people learn their abilities, and most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to believe in myself as much as I believe in everybody else.

Thank you to everybody who made this experience one that I can keep in my heart forever.

An Accidental Family

by Luana Eugenio

I learned about this program through the mail and since I needed a job, I called Ramona Lisa Alexander about an internship opportunity. When I called, I was told to set up an audition and from there my fate would be decided. The day of my audition, I took my best friend along with me. I knew that if I had my own personal cheerleader I would have a chance.

After my audition, I felt like a million bucks, for lack of better words. I thought I had passed with flying colors and that the internship was mine. Before I left, Ms. Siobhan had told me that if I was chosen, I would receive a call that Friday. Friday came and there was no call. I became upset and lost hope. Even though I only thought this was going to be an internship, I wanted it. I wanted to do what I have dreamed of for a while, and the thought that I wouldn't be able to was horrible. About 2 weeks later, I received my call. I found out that I had been accepted and I was jumping off of walls. That was just the start of my new beginning. 

First week of work came, and I was ready. Ready to have fun, and ready to do everything I was told. I expected to make new friendships and meet new people, and that's exactly what happened. However, as the days went by the friendships grew stronger, the laughter grew louder, the smiles grew wider, and everything began to mean something greater than just an internship. Rehearsals were nothing if Jonah didn’t try to teach you how to do something the "right" way. If Yani, Cameron, and Clytie didn't say something over and over until they were loud enough for us to hear them, it was a MIRACLE. You'd always hear Mr. Geoff talking about his "Chinatown girl", and Ms. Ruby giving us a History lesson on Boston. We all bonded in a way that was actually pretty funny. By the end of our time together, I considered these people my new family. Family is a very strong word, and I use it proudly. I gained so much from my new family, and I hope they gained a little from me. I was taught to never say "bye", because "bye" meant I will never see you again. So have a nice break, City Spotlights. You are a part of my family, and always will be. Thank you and See you soon.



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