Dock Theater alumni reflect on their experience:
"In a chapel, Ted Swartz discussed the importance of being emotionally present in every scene of a production. Onstage, I didn’t just act; I felt...and I loved it. I had spent months becoming Marian, and by opening night I wasn’t sure where I left off and she began. I cannot think of a role in theater closer to my own nature than the one I played this fall. Some part of me identified with something nestled deep within the character of Marian. She was playing it safe, but in the end she took a risk. Playing Marian made me more carefree. My confidence grew, and the stage was set for an incredible senior year."
Jordan Kolb ('13)
"The beauty of acting is that it gives you freedom to be the complete opposite of yourself. Sometime between sitting on Sam’s lap and dancing the tango to Be our Guest, I realized something. I realized that acting is my passion. Don’t get me wrong, I love softball, but acting—well that’s a whole new ball game. I love absolutely everything about it. It’s one of those things that just came naturally to me, and when I was on that stage, I felt like I was home. I am so thankful to God for opening this door for me and allowing me to discover this new passion of mine."
Holly Seiz ('12)
"Musical and theatrical productions at Christopher Dock have provided me with so many opportunities to better myself. I've learned to recover from failure and learned to humbly relish in success. I've learned that friendships can be made regardless of age differences. I've learned what it is to rely on others, and how to accept responsibility for myself. Most importantly, I've seen how difficult, and yet how amazingly rewarding it is to pull people from all backgrounds and levels of experience to achieve a common goal. I've grown so much through my experiences in these productions, and I wouldn't trade them for anything."
Andy Richter ('08)
"My experience in Dock theater was definitely one of the most character-shaping activities I took part in during my four years there. Between the fall musicals and spring dramas, I was immersed in the productions we put on, and so much of what I learned from the directors and cast translated into my life outside of the theater as well. I learned about acting and singing, but so much more important to me were the lessons I learned about life and the relationships that were built and strengthened during the process."
Sarah Detweiler ('08)
"My participation in Dock Theater productions is an experience I wouldn't trade for anything. There is something wonderful and unexplainable that happens when a diverse group of people unites under the common purpose of telling a story. Through our productions we explored our God-given gifts together, and deepened our understanding of what it means to be part of the human race as we got to know each other and our characters. And we had a blast! I hope Dock Theater continues to bless future students the way it blessed me."
Jessica Hedrick ('07)
"Drama at Dock is unlike anything I have experienced. It provided me with an opportunity to stretch myself, cultivate my undying love for theater, and build community. There is nothing like working hard with others to complete such a daunting, but rewarding, task. It has given me countless memories that I will always treasure because they shaped who I am today."
Kristin (Richter) Jones ('06)
"There is nothing else like Dock Drama, nothing else that brings such a variety of people together all for the same purpose—a love of the arts. So many friendships were created from being in shows with people. I probably would not have so many friends of all different ages if I had not participated in Dock drama."
Alicia Landis ('06)