Kade Ferguson, an Austin high school student and participant in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA), had the opportunity at attend, as a Long Center guest, an exclusive pre-screening of Pitch Perfect 2. And yes… it was aca-awesome. He graciously blogged about the aca-mazing (last one, promise) time below:
Last night, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a Pitch Perfect 2 pre-screening at the Regal Metropolitan 14 theater in South Austin with some other members of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards 2015 Select Ensemble. I loved the first movie, and thus automatically jumped at the unique opportunity to see the second movie before it was released to the general public. Of course, such an opportunity could only be thanks to my absolute favorite place and practically my second home, The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
I am so thankful that there is a place like The Long Center that continually offers incredible experiences to aspiring high school performers such as myself. I am especially thankful for this particular experience, because within the next few years, I hope to join Brigham Young University’s men’s a cappella group, Vocal Point. Having the chance to see a very funny and enjoyable movie about a cappella before it actually opens in theaters was so surreal, and it really strengthened my passion for singing and performing, renewing my drive to eventually join an a cappella group and go after my dreams (sorry for the cheese).
Thanks to the many ways The Long Center reaches out to young high schoolers, such as the GAHSMTAs, I have realized my passion for performing, and I understand what I want to do for the rest of my life. Not only that, but The Long Center has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some truly amazing people. Working with the 2015 Select Ensemble on the GAHSMTAs was one of the single best experiences in my life, and getting to see Pitch Perfect 2 with some of my friends from this group was so much fun! I was so ecstatic when I walked into the lobby of the theater and saw the friends that I had missed so much since the awards show. Being with them again and talking to them all again was such a thrill! It is such a cool thing to have friends from other schools in the Austin area that share my enthusiasm and passion for performing.
I am forever grateful for this experience I was able to have, as well as the many other experiences and opportunities I have been granted thanks to The Long Center and GAHSMTA.