Week in Review! Heaven’s Visit to the Wilma Theater

Spring has finally hit, and I’m pretty much psyched. Perfect time for a little trip to one of the many museums taking the STAMP Pass, or another cultural institution, right? With spring break cut down so short, there really isn’t much time to do anything, but at least we have great weather, right? Alright, let’s get down to the good stuff.

You might remember a couple posts back, I had a little exhibition to the Arden, what I now know as the crown jewel of Old City, which by the way, has some pretty sweet acting classes for people of all ages, which I highly recommend checking out.

This week, I had the pleasure of checking out what will probably end up becoming my favorite spot on Broad street, The Wilma Theater. Located just a few blocks away from City Hall, this is definitely the spot to be for any aspiring actors out there.

As usual, I was blown away by the currently running production, Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq. (Which also, I highly recommend seeing, especially since it’s in it’s last week of production–it ends April 20!) While the story itself may be a little mature for some audiences, it’s seriously worth it.

Don Juan follows the story of an ex-Marine attempting to recollect his past and find the love of his life, while enduring a surreal situation in itself. The acting is brilliant, the story moves at just the right pace, everything is absolutely flawless. Not only that, but through my own drama class, I even got to meet two actresses from the play itself, who gave us a few pointers on how to really shine onstage. That got me thinking, if actors are able to become a completely different person, in front of thousands of strangers each night, how can this be incorporated into everyday life?

As someone who can barely stand in a room full of people, let alone talk to them, any kind of advice to be able to face the demon that is finding my own place is kind of like a blessing in disguise. While balancing internships, museum meetings, and the numerous STAMP events, it’s a little strange to process how I’m able to do all that, but the smallest things seem completely insane. The secret to all this? Pretty simple, after some thought. With STAMP, I feel like I’m able to be myself, the nerdy, fan-girling, art-loving geek that I am. Working on the Teen Council has been one of the coolest experiences of my life, and I can’t imagine where my life would be without it. I’ve met some pretty awesome people, and have pretty extensive connections now. I’m slowly coming out of my shell, and it’s possibly the greatest thing ever.

Happy almost birthday, STAMP! Here’s to nearly a year of awesomeness, and much more to come! Until next time guys, drama nerd out! 😉

This post was written by Heaven Mendez, a STAMP Teen Council member. Heaven attends Science Leadership Academy.