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Kelsey Celek
Posted: Sep. 30, 2017 8:35 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an astronaut. I have always been fascinated by astronomy and space travel.

What would you rather be doing right now? I've been getting really into embroidery. It's really relaxing, plus then I get to make a lot of cute gifts for my friends and family.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Destination Imagination and the Quincy Humane Society.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Opening night of "Tarzan" at QCT. I went into the lobby after the show and found the entire cast using their newfound ASL skills to chat with some of the deaf members of our audience. The actors were so excited to be able to communicate with new people in this way. That entire show hinged on a huge group of people -- the actors, the creative team, the volunteers, even the audience -- being open to trying something new. I am extremely grateful for everyone who was ready and willing to jump in.

It really stinks when ... My biggest pet peeve is when people use their cellphones inside the theatre -- especially when they are trying to take pictures. It can wait. Enjoy the moment.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Positivity.

I always laugh when ... This is impossible to narrow down because I laugh a lot.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Line-Manuel Miranda, Ava DuVernay and Jim Henson. All three are exceptional creative minds, and I'd want to hear more about how they work.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... make a cup of coffee, sit on the couch and record the day's events in my journal.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... ambitious, nerdy and optimistic -- all of which are still true.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Once I got to meet Paula Vogel, an amazing playwright whom I greatly admire. I was in a room with a few dozen other theater artists. Paula had us go around the room and introduce ourselves and where we were from. Everyone else in the room was from New York City. I was last to introduce myself -- and when I proclaimed that I was from Ohio, I got a lot of looks and whispers. But Paula Vogel turned to me and said, "I think that's great. People need to realize that good art can come from anywhere." Those words stuck with me ever since.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see the Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... go skydiving.

America should be more concerned about ... investing in our young people. Creating opportunities for them to learn and grow -- opportunities that are accessible to all youth -- is a vital investment in our future.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... puppets. My office is filled with them.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ..., of course.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? It doesn't happen every time, but sometimes, if you're not afraid to work very hard and dream very big, you can make wonderful things happen. My parents have given me this advice in many ways over many years; it always holds up.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... whatever show is coming next to QCT.

I always get sentimental when ... I hear from former students who want to update me on the newest chapters of their lives. It's amazing to see who they become.

The older I get, the more I realize ... you're never too old to be joyful and playful.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have kept up with my childhood piano lessons.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I have a "lucky dress" that has traveled with me over several big life events -- including my first trip to Quincy. I wear it when I need to feel a little extra awesome.

If I've learned anything at all ... I've learned there's always a way to grow and improve and to say yes to those learning opportunities.

Kelsey Celek, 30, is the head of education/director of student theater at Quincy Community Theatre. She gets to spend her days creating theater with some really great students.

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