IN THIS WEEK’S “Faces of ITS” profile, meet Sara Gushue, a Thespian junior from Troupe 6388 at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sara Gushue

Sara Gushue

How has theatre impacted your life?
Theatre has had a huge impact on my life. I really didn’t get involved until high school, but through theatre I have made some amazing friendships that have helped me get through high school. I’ve grown my self-confidence by contributing my strengths and skills to shows and in the support and love I’ve received from theatre.

What is one lesson you’ve learned from theatre?
This sounds cheesy, but teamwork does make the dream work. Putting on a show is such a collaborative effort, and each area of production is so dependent on another that it would be impossible to put on a show without strong camaraderie.

What has been your favorite theatre experience so far?
My sophomore year, I was the stage manager for This Side of Heaven, the student-directed one-act we took to the South Carolina Thespian Festival. Working on that show was one of the best experiences of my life. Even though I was the only underclassman involved, we all worked so well together it was like we formed a family (go Heaven fam!). It was gratifying performing for the rest of South Carolina and seeing the audience’s positive and encouraging response to our performance.

Who is your theatre hero?
My theatre hero is definitely my teacher and troupe director, Ms. Teresa McGrath. She has been such an incredible role model and supporter for me on my theatre journey. She’s mentored and encouraged me in my theatrical development and has shown me how to intertwine faith and theatre.

What theatrical character or show best describes your life?
Matilda from the musical Matilda. I have always been a bookworm, but I also like her mantra. In her song “Naughty,” Matilda says, “Just because you find that life’s not fair, it doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bear it. … Even if you’re little, you can do a lot, you mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you.” I think it’s a great thing to know that you always have the power to act and to change your story.

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