A Woodmont High School and Fine Arts Center senior is one of nine people worldwide chosen to be in the incoming freshman class at Juilliard.
Morgan Scott says she fell in love with acting when she went to see her first live musical, Cinderella.
“I remember being a little four year old sitting in the seats being like ‘Oh, I want to do that one day,'” Scott said.
For the next 14 years, Scott pursued that career path. She participated in plays at her local theater and then joined her high school theater program.
“I always had Juilliard in the back of my mind but as this unreachable, unattainable dream school,” Scott said.
Scott says it was her drama teacher, Teri Parker Lewis, who pushed her to apply to the school.
“There was just something about her,” Parker Lewis said. “It’s kind of hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, but when you know that a kid is right for a school, you see it.”
Scott says her final round of interviews was a three-day weekend at Juilliard where they immersed the potential students into daily life in the program. Scott says she found out the good news on the plane back to South Carolina.
“I looked down at my phone, which hadn’t been turned off yet, and I saw a number with a New York area code…She said oh I’ll make this quick, would you like to be a member of group 51 next year, and I said of course,” Scott said. “I told my mom, ‘Mom I got in. I got in!’ We were trying to contain all of our excitement on the plane.”
Scott realizes her acceptance is just the beginning of a very rigorous journey, but she says she’s ready to embrace all it has to offer.
“I think that everybody has their own personal story, and everybody deserves to see that represented on stage or on screen, so I really want to give a voice,” Scott said.
Scott graduates from the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday.