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Freshman Focus: Kelci Eaton

April 2014

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Major: BS in Nursing, with a Theatre minor

Age that you started theatre: 7(ish)

Dream Role and Why: Adelaide from Guys and Dolls because the character is so much fun and her range seems to fit mine pretty well! I also love talking with a New York accent.

Productions I've been involved in: In high school I was a "Who person" in Suessical!, a lead dancer in Footloose, Rizzo in Grease, Katrina in Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Serena in Fame!. In college I played Princess Ann in Toy Camp. I've also loved being able to help Dianne (Dye) with costumes when I can and Kris (Eitrheim) with the set. Most recently I had my first assistant stage manager experience with Proof and liked it a lot!

Latest Project: I auditioned for "Bonzi Production's" production of Guys and Dolls (a theatre company in my hometown) and was given my dream role of Adelaide! They are also doing a production of Annie Warbucks this summer and cast me as a servant and someone on the cabinet with President Roosevelt. The shows are one right after the other and will be taking up most of my summer. So it sounds like it will be a pretty great one to me!

Why SAU? At first I was planning on just staying home and going to a community college, but I randomly got an email from Ambrose saying that I had been offered a priority application and could apply for free, so I said, "What the heck!" and sent it in not really thinking too much about it. When I received my acceptance and scholarship offer I decided to do an overnight visit to see what it was like. I basically fell in love with the campus and found out they had an amazing theatre and nursing program. It just fit!

Any job in the world: If I could have any job in the world it would be to be singing my heart out on a stage on Broadway, but my dream job in the nursing field would be to work at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in the pediatric oncology unit. I know I want to work with kids and something tells me that I could handle the crazy stress and toughness of being around kids with cancer. My passion for helping people is just as big as my passion for the arts!

Who inspires me the most: It may sound cheesy, but it is definitely my mom. She is one of the strongest people I know and has really grown to be my best friend. She was at every single performance, game, and recital I can think of. No matter how busy she gets or what is on her plate she always has the house clean (as clean as it can get) and dinner made. She is the definition of a "Super Mom" and I could never thank her enough for it! If I do half as well as her in my lifetime, I'll be doing pretty great. 

Where do you see yourself in five years: I hope to be out of my house on my own, graduated and started with my career as a nurse! My ultimate goal is to get a job at a hospital where I can work three, 12 hour shifts a week and prove some people wrong by still having the time to do some sort of theatre on the side. I may be tired but it would totally be worth it. I want to be successful wherever I am placed and make sure I can make some sort of impact somewhere in this world.

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