After a brief hiatus, our “Spotlight on …” Segment is back! Over the next few days, we will be featuring the remaining wonderful members of our cast and crew from our last production, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Today we shine the spotlight on the kind and generous Jeannie Myles!
Jeannie first became involved with QAAW through a member of her family. “My youngest daughter, Jessica, went to your youth summer camp this past summer,” she says. “I was really impressed with the performance the group put together in such a short time! So, when Jess asked to try out for Annie, we decided to try out together. I've been hooked ever since.”
Jeannie’s involvement with us grew significantly following Annie. In addition to her role in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress back in March, Jeannie is also currently aiding in designing sets for next month’s production of The Little Mermaid, helping with costuming for this fall’s Into the Woods, and even sits on our Board of Directors! “I've pretty much completely immersed myself into the group,” Jeannie says. “Everyone has been so welcoming; it feels like one big family now!”
Though she has enjoyed every project she has worked on, Jeannie credits her very first QAAW performance with solidifying her passion for the stage. “I will never forget the first live show of Annie; it was my very first time on stage, and I will admit, I was nervous,” she says. “When our “NYC” number came on, there were people in the audience dancing and singing along. You could tell they were having a great time. I knew in that moment how much theatre can affect people, and that was the moment that I realized that this is what I wanted to do. I think people are so crazy in their daily lives that theatre gives you a place to escape, whether you're on the stage or in the audience. Theatre doesn't rely on fancy CGI or camera tricks; it's real, and it's happening right in front of you. A show can help you escape your problems and transport you to another place and time. It's an amazing outlet for people to explore their creativity.”
However, while Annie is very close to her heart, Jeannie also deeply values the time she spent playing Mindy in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. “Mindy is the kind of person to make lemonade when life has thrown her lemons,” Jeannie says. “She is funny, fiercely loyal and upbeat, and someone who I could easily see myself being friends with. I enjoyed playing her not only because she provides a healthy dose of comic relief but because it felt good to play that character. I also really enjoyed getting to know the other girls in the play. We got really close, and they are just an amazing group of people. I know for a lot of people plays are just plays, but for me the experience was so much more and an experience I'll always remember fondly.”
Jeannie has no plans for her theatre journey to stop here; she even has a few specific shows in mind she would love to take part in. “I would love to be involved in a production of Alice in Wonderland!” she says. “It's so bright and colourful and full of life. I've also always loved Grease and would love to a Pink Lady someday.”
If Jeannie could leave readers with one piece of advice, she would encourage everyone to give theatre a try, even if it makes them nervous or frightened. “If anyone is thinking about joining a theatre group but is scared, just do it,” she says. “It may be scary at first, but the feeling of making a huge group of people laugh, smile, or even cry can't be described, not to mention the amazing people who you will meet!”
In addition to theatre, Jeannie loves to express her creativity in the form of making things; she loves to draw, crochet, bake, paint, play around with graphic design, and much more!
Thank you for all your contributions to Quick As A Wink, Jeannie! We loved seeing you take the stage as Mindy and are excited to continue to work with you!
Over the next few days, we will be concluding our “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Spotlight Series,” and transitioning into pieces on those involved with our upcoming production of The Little Mermaid, so be sure to stay tuned for more great “Spotlights”!
Do you know someone you believe deserves to be featured in our weekly “Spotlight on …” segment? We are always looking for nominations! Let us know who you’d like to see and we may feature them next.