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Paul Davis

Positions:President, Executive Director, Actor

Age: 20

Director: Python & Poison, Grimhilde, Little Shop of Horrors, Addams Family: A New Musical, Give & Take, Pippin

Actor: Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, An Inspector Calls, Charm of Preparedness

 

Some people see theatre as a system of entertainment, something one can watch to feel any array of emotions one wishes. Others see theatre as a form of art in which all things have a deeper meaning, however, never are to be translated into real life. Others yet, see theatre as a facade in which creators hide behind. Theatre, to me, is a combination of these three views. I believe that theatre is something in which entertainment, meaning, and sanctuary can be found. I do, however, also believe that it is much more than just that. Theatre is an expression of one's life. It is a way to tell stories that are born in a world of imagination and can only be portrayed through such a world. It is an escape to those who are lost and weary, or an instigator for feelings one wishes to possess. To be brief, theatre is so much more than one, simple, definition. I have a deep passion for theatre for this exact reason. I am enthralled by its ability to be so much more than one thing.

Performing arts is a major part of my life. It is something that I have always loved and will always strive to be the very best I can be in. My passion for performing arts started when I was very young. My parents took us to go see the annual summer musical at the Forest Theatre. After watching Peter Pan one summer, I vividly remember going up to the stage, putting my hand on it, and telling my parents that I wanted to perform on that stage. As I grew older, my passion and ability grew as well until I was finally able to perform on the stage of my dreams, at the Forest Theatre. After my first show, I was hooked. I knew that this was my calling. I went on to perform in many other shows and my passion grew and expanded. My sophomore year of high school, I got the opportunity to write and direct a short skit to be performed in a small review show. It was a major success and I knew I didn't want to stop. I went on to write and direct a full review show that was performed the following year. I found a great passion in the directing and writing of theatre and have been growing ever since.

From those roots I was able to go on to start a new theatre company, Paraphrase Productions. With the one goal of bettering my art as well as the art of those around me, it was obvious that this company needed to be something new and something different. I wanted Paraphrase Productions to be a safe place for young adults to learn and grow as actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, etc. After our first production, Little Shop of Horrors, we quickly grew and gained recognition. Then, my dream came true. In the summer of 2016 Paraphrase Productions partnered with the Forest Theater Guild to produce Addams Family: A New Musical. I was able to direct for the Forest Theater. My dream came true. Addams Family: A New Musical was a major success and allowed Paraphrase to grow even more.

I cant help but thank God for all that He has given me and all that He has done. I don't know what lies ahead of me or what plan He has set for my life. One thing I do know, Performing Arts has been a driving force in my life, and I know I will always yearn towards it.

I am currently attending BIOLA University, located in Los Angeles and am pursuing a major in Theater (with a concentration in directing). 

WRITTEN BY Paul Davis

Melissa Siemer

Positions: Vice President, Assistant Director

Assistant Director: Little Shop of Horrors


Every Friday when I was three, I would persuade my mom to dress me in leggings. She didn't catch on to the pattern for months. See, on Fridays at my preschool, a ballet teacher would come to dance with the girls who signed up for the class. I would watch from a window as they were mermaids and fairies and would ride make-believe ponies. I decided I just had to be in that class. So one day when they called for the ballet class to line up, I just got up and walked to the line. The preschool teachers didn't notice, and Mrs. Churchill, the ballet teacher never said a word about it. Months later, we were to have a performance, and Mrs. Churchill needed money for a costume. When she told my mom that I had been sneaking into class for months, surprisingly my mom was not angry, she was amused. She also realized how much it meant to me, so she started paying for classes. This was my first taste of performance, the initial seed that was planted and started to grow.

My love for theater developed later. I joined a variety show called Ze Show about the ins and outs of putting on a show, from auditions to production. Cat Austin the director cast me as a dancer, but she saw a singer in me. She gave me a solo part and some harmonies, and I thought she was crazy. By opening night I was amazed that she brought this confidence out in me. I thought I couldn't sing and she proved me wrong. I couldn't wait to work with her again. Shortly after, she asked me to choreograph for a Michael Jackson Tribute she was doing with ten extremely talented teens. I was thrilled to be working with her again. I watched her with one cast member after another change their doubts into excellence. It amazed me, and I knew I had to be her shadow. I entered into an apprenticeship with Cat and tried to squeeze out all I could from ever minute with her. I loved performing before, but through Cat the entirety of theater now inspired me. I worked with her in many capacities for the next few years and I thank her for inspiring me to direct.

I moved to the Peninsula to be a math teacher in 2013 and haven't yet been able to be a part of any kind of performance. I feel so blessed that God has given me the opportunity to be on the board of Paraphrase Productions. Helping create Little Shop of Horrors with Paul Davis was incredible, and I cannot wait to direct Footloose the Musical!

WRITTEN BY Melissa Siemer

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Kathi Lares

Positions: Treasurer, Bookkeeper

Eva Pauley

Positions: Secretary

Age: 19