Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
HHW Vocal Ensemble in the Vocal Arts project for After School Matters at Gallery 37 during summer 2008. Directed by Mr. Daniel Henry and Jean Hendricks
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My name is Aronzo Traylor II, I am 17 years old and a Junior at King College Prep High School. Ever since my childhood, I have always enjoyed art. Any thing that was hands on I loved doing it. I remember when I was at least 7 or 8 years old, I would spend hours and hours watching Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and the many other wide selections of cartoon stations thinking “Boy, would I love one day get to make Mickey move or have Bugs get Daffy into more chaos…that would be a dream job for me.” Then when I was a sixth grader at Sutherland Elementary School, I heard that my school was doing a musical. At that time I wasn’t so sure, I was one of the most silent students in Sutherland, never said a word unless spoken to and plus…I was shy in front of people. “But Ronnie, you have a wonderful voice” my Mother said to me. So my brother and I ended up doing the program. We did “The Wiz in Oz” a mixture of the “The Wiz” and the “Wizard of Oz” I got the role as the Tin Man and felt so proud that I had what it took in the director to do this role. My brother on the other hand was a Flying Monkey and decided after the show ended that he’ll just stick to paper than the stage. After the show I had a certain interest for musical theatre and singing and acting and dancing which were now my favorite things to do! I decided not to stop there… the Theater program was coming back again, we did “Cinderella” that year and I was the Prince, and right before my 8th grade graduation, we did “Grease” and I played “Danny Zuko.” My Mom and Dad have been very supportive of me all these years. One night my Dad came home and told me that the director from the school wanted to be in “Fame” thatthey were doing at the Beverly Arts Center, this would be way different this would be a production in an actual theater full of seats and lights! I agreed and got the role as “Tyrone Jackson” in Fame. Who would have know that I would be staying at the Beverly arts Center for 3 more years Musical Theater opportunities so far I’ve been; Aladdin, Charlie Bucket, a nerd named Troy, and even a 10 year old boy waiting for Santa Claus. I at one point figured out around the age of 15 that I should start getting paid for acting and singing on stage, but didn’t know where to go. One of my class mates recommended a place called “Gallery 37” she said that students there get paid for doing things they love to do! Gallery 37 has changed me as a musical theater actor and as a person too. I have made plenty of good friends. I also call it my second home because I can’t stay away from it. Though at first I was overwhelmed by how professional the program is, I have to say it has been at this point in time the best place of my performing career and I hope for many more fantastic years that the thrilling sensation of Musical Theater has to offer me! Thank You Gallery 37! Thank You!