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