The applause grew louder and louder as my little actors took their bows. Only an hour before, I was attempting to disarm little boys fighting with prop swords, make the stage lights go on, repair costumes and maintain control so my autistic actor would remain calm. For the past three springs, I, as "Auntie Sam," have created my own "paintings" with the colors of costumes and lights, and the emotion conveyed by the actors' animation. I am proud of my success in turning a group of shy, insecure children into confident individuals, both on and off stage. At each curtain call, I beam with pride at my living art, hoping that these young actors will continue my legacy.
Please polish up!