For every performer there are shows that they hold dear and will always think of fondly. For me that show will always be "Gypsy" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The moment I opened the script for our first read through I knew that I had stepped into a completely different world. The dialogue was rich with character, numerous options available for the actor to work with in every scene, and most importantly, in my hands were the memoirs of one of America's most iconic women, an icon I would have the honor to portray. The adventure of transforming from Louise to Gypsy Rose Lee every night was a heavy and challenging burden at first. But soon, I found parts of myself in Gypsy. I found my vulnerability in Louise as she hid behind the cow head and my sense of accomplishment as Gypsy Rose Lee claimed her own life at the conclusion of the play. What was at first for me a daunting task of playing pretend in this role quickly became an extension of myself, someone who’s transformation and tenacity I could relate to. In the words of Arthur Laurence, "I am Gypsy Rose Lee. And I love her."