I went to Plymouth State University, my major was Theater and I graduated in 2005.
I was bullied in middle school and I still remember the pain that caused. Knowing there was a program that I could be involved with to help other kids who were being bullied was such an empowering feeling.
When you’re being bullied it feels like it’s the end of the world. And it also feels like nobody else understands. I was mostly bullied by the “popular kids” for what clothes I wore and how bad my acne was. I was very shy and didn’t know what resources I had to help myself. I remember telling my Dad who was concerned but didn’t really know how to help. The teachers I asked for help would only help if they actually saw it happening. When I was growing up bullying wasn’t a topic that was as prevalent as it is today. Adults didn’t even have the resources to handle it. Luckily I had a great group of friends that I relied on and who stood by me no matter what…and they are what really helped me get through the tough times. The “It Gets Better” Movement feels so true…while I still remember what happened I am no longer hurt by what those kids said and did. I love who I am and the person I’ve become. Nobody could ever take that away from me.
The first year I did TIGER we went to a school in Litchfield and at the end of the show we gave the tiger to a boy sitting in the front row. There was a collective gasp from the teachers but we didn’t know why. A teacher came up to us afterward and told us that boy had a rare disease that was leaving him deaf and blind and was progressing quickly. The disease would eventually leave him in a wheelchair or possibly worse. The teacher got the boy and he came and hung out with us for a few minutes. He has this amazing look of joy and happiness in his face. We took a picture with him and I still have it on my dresser. The teacher came back a little while later and told us that the boy had told her after meeting us and getting the tiger that he was “the luckiest boy in the world” I still get choked up thinking about him.
I have SUCH a wide range of musical interests. Everything from Adele, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson. I love music you can either sing your heart out to or music that has a really great dance beat.
My family, my husband, and the smiles of the children we perform for!
Mark Twain has some really great quotes, but one that I really like is “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter” Everyone laughs no matter what language they speak! Another quote I really like is “Be Kind, For everyone is fighting a hard battle” It’s so true.
TIGER Song: All The Difference. The harmonies are amazing and the message is so powerful.
Musical: Wicked. I’ve seen the show in Boston, New York, and London…I’m a little obsessed!
Movie: Amelie, Hocus Pocus, Best in Show
Recording Artist: Too many to mention!
Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
Actress: Meryl Streep
TV Show: The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Happy Endings
I LOVE Raja from Aladdin. What other Tiger knows when your sad and lets you cuddle with him?
“There is no way I can adequately tell you how awesome your program is. The teachers were all buzzing about it today. One little 4th grader has already made me a TIGER poster. This was truly an inspiring experience and your cast members were just wonderful with the children. Thank you!”
- C. Puffer, Guidance Counselor, Epsom Central School.