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Columbus Commons Blog

A High School Junior Takes to the Stage

Taylor Mitchell, a junior at Eastmoor Academy, took to the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion stage last weekend in Comedy of Errors, as an acting intern with the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. Taylor calls May her month at the Commons – she’ll be performing again this weekend in Comedy of Errors and on May 26th in Shadowbox Live’s original musical about the Woodstock festival, Back to the Garden.

So, how’d this high schooler get her start? Taylor says she’s been performing since she was very young and laughs when she says she’s kind of a drama queen. She didn’t know that she wanted to pursue acting as a career, though, until high school when she performed in Eastmoor’s production of Our Town. She credits Bruce Green, who directs the school’s community service Impact Team, which Taylor has participated in since the 9th grade, with introducing her to Seth Harms, the school’s theater director and drama teacher, and pushing her to pursue both acting and singing. Taylor wonders what her high school experience would be like without Mr. Green’s encouragement, “Would I be acting? Would I be singing?”

And that’s not all she does, folks! In addition to serving as Eastmoor’s junior class president, Taylor is the vice president of her school principal’s Lady’s Club – a group of school role models who focus on community service and etiquette. This year she was inducted into the National Honors Society. She’s been a member of the Impact Team since freshman year. She dances on the Dance Team and is a section leader in the Ensemble Choir. And since performing in Our Town, Taylor has also starred as the lead, Celie, in Eastmoor’s production of The Color Purple, and as Evillene in The Wiz.

So what’s next, you ask? Taylor hopes to visit all five of her top five colleges and universities this summer before applying in the fall – Juilliard, Spellman, Howard, Alabama State University, and University of Cincinnati. She plans to double major in broadcast journalism and theater – fields she believes complement each other and will let her do what she loves best, “talk!” And if one of her top five doesn’t have the program she’s looking for, Taylor has a solution for that, “I’m a leader, I’ll help build one.” This is the sort of chutzpah that’s led Taylor from Our Town to performing on the Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion stage three weekends in a row. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what’s next!

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C’mon to the Commons this weekend for free Shakespeare in the Park! The Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, and Taylor, will be performing Comedy of Errors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17 through 19, at 7:30 PM. And next weekend, on Sunday, May 26, join in the fun at Back to the Garden Day, beginning at 3 PM with food, drinks, and live music, with Shadowbox Live’s performance starting at 8:30 PM.