Rachael will make a guest appearance as a waitress in "The United States of Tara" starring Toni Collette Monday night at 9:30 PM, central time, on Showtime. Doug Moe writes in today's Wisconsin State Journal
The bug bit her early, in any case. In 1996, the State Journal reported on Soglin “stealing the end-of-the-year talent show at Randall Elementary School” with a rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Soon she was acting, too — embracing it all from the start. “I loved everything about it,” she said. “The singing, the dancing, the costumes.”
Nancy Thurow at CTM helped her with technique, and in February 2001, Soglin was cast as one of two leads in CTM’s production of “The Good Times Are Killing Me,” Lynda Barry’s intense tale of race relations in the 1960s. The reviews were ecstatic. “That was a really big show for me,” Soglin said.
Not every child who gets the opportunity to perform in school plays and community theater will go on to a professional career. but as West High teacher Rebecca Jallings said when she wrote Rachael's college recommendations, school drama programs provide every child with an appreciation of the arts. They may not always become professionals, but they will purchase tickets and support the arts.
The arts, all of them, help us mature and appreciate ourselves and our community. We learn to express ourselves and we find the arts stimulating, exciting, and awakening.
Governor Walker, tear down that wall and let our children reach their dreams.