And then there was this other guy. He was always there, but never taught a class. He wasn’t a student and some of us learned a lot from him. He often slept through classes, but never slept through lunch. And sometimes he could be a bit of a distraction. You’d think after his record in those early years his career with First Stage might be over, but no, he’s back at the Academy at the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC) as a Teacher’s Assistant.
Teddy was born into the Academy. In 1992, Tyne and Mike actually had to take a couple of days off of the registration and orientation process for his birth. And every day, in those early years, Teddy would attend the Academy. First in a basket, then in a backpack, and meandering in on his own – so we’ve excused his behaviors in those early years and recognize the fact that Teddy has grown up in the Academy to be a fine leader and teaching assistant. In those early days, Teddy would be exhausted at the end of the day, and fall asleep in the car on the way home. He still does that, and he’s still looking over his mama’s shoulder.
By Michael Warren