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How I Found My Dream
Steven Sauter Loves to Act
Steven Sauter Loves to Act
How I Found My Dream

I have always wanted to be an actor. That's my dream. I first started to act in 2005 when I joined St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Arts Program’s Community Players, which is an acting group for young adults with disabilities who discover their creative talents onstage. When I started with the group I was really nervous and scared because I didn't know if I could do a good job and memorize all the lines. I wasn't sure how I would feel being in the spotlight all the time if I got a leading role, but I decided to try. The first play we did was an original play called "Murder on the Menu." I played the husband in the play which was a big role. Some people who were acting for the first time were nervous and did not remember their cue lines, but I did! I felt wonderful on stage and off. It was a great experience and made me realize that acting was really my dream. After that we did many other plays. I loved being in them all. One of my favorites was a play called "Just Like Me" which was written by the cast and used our own words talking about our disabilities and abilities, including Down syndrome and “up syndrome.” A few months ago we started working on something new. It was a silent movie for the Wilder Wilder Contest. The idea came from our director Lindsay Myers. We were supposed to act out a short play by American author Thornton Wilder and make a silent video of it to post on Facebook. Everyone posted their production on Facebook and the one with the most votes would be in the final five. Our play was called "The Message and Jehanne." We told everyone we knew about our play and convinced them to vote for us. I was concerned that we wouldn’t get enough votes and was really excited when it was announced that we had made it to the final five, which was our goal. We were also the top voted! But it was my dream and everyone's dream that we would win the contest. We had to wait a week for the judges to decide which video was the best. I was very nervous and biting my lip and crossing my fingers all the time. And then came the big news bombshell! On Friday morning, February 8th, I was on Facebook when I found out from the Wilder Wilder Contest Facebook page that St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Players had been announced as the winner of the contest! I was so happy I was jumping for joy! I came out of my room and I broke the exciting news to my mother and father. We celebrated all the dedicated hard work that we did. This win made me fully realize that I will continue to pursue my dreams and my talent on stage! 

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Mary Strong, United States, HI
4/2/2013 2:58:28 AM
So proud of you Steven!!

Elizabeth Wyckoff, United States, TX
3/20/2013 12:30:17 PM
Great essay, Steven! I have my fingers crossed for you!

Karen Stamler, United States, NY
3/5/2013 10:16:03 AM
Steve, I really hope you win. Great Article.

Tanya Spicer, United States, NY
3/1/2013 3:16:22 PM
Great job Steven!!!! You worked hard and realized your dream!! How wonderful that you and your group were chosen out of all that had applied!!

Josie Thomson, United States, NY
3/1/2013 12:29:46 PM
That was a wonderful story Steven. We're all very proud of you!

Erin Seals, United States, CO
3/1/2013 10:10:43 AM
Thank you for sharing your story, Steven! I have always wanted to write a novel, but sometimes I get really nervous. Reading stories like yours gives me encouragement!

Darcy Sharpe, United States, NY
3/1/2013 3:55:29 AM
Nice job Steven!

Anita , United States, PA
2/28/2013 10:47:42 PM
Great job Steven! Truly amazing and inspiring!

Laura Person, United States, NY
2/28/2013 9:59:40 PM
Yay Steven!

Christine Kane, United States, NY
2/28/2013 3:10:44 PM

Mario, United States, IN
2/23/2013 3:03:46 PM
Nice job! Fantastic story!

Karen Lustig, United States, NY
2/23/2013 1:45:53 PM
Good luck, Steve!

Erl Svendsen, United States, NY
2/22/2013 6:14:21 AM
Good job, Steven!

Christine Richards, United States, NY
2/22/2013 4:15:37 AM

Ruthann Matthews, United States, NY
2/21/2013 10:31:30 PM
Wonderful story!

Emily McCarter, United States, NY
2/21/2013 9:32:08 PM
Go, Steven, Go! So proud of you!

john winter, United States, NY
2/21/2013 3:59:56 PM
I wish Steven all the best.

Amanda Barnes, United States, NY
2/21/2013 1:10:43 PM
Pleasure to vote for you.

Melinda Griffin, United States, IL
2/21/2013 12:46:53 PM
Your performance was great Good Luck Steven

Carrie N Berard, United States, MD
2/21/2013 12:02:04 PM
Good luck, Steven!!

Ellen Rocco, United States, NY
2/21/2013 9:57:31 AM
I've known Steven since the day he was born. He has always been bright, engaged, and incredibly talented. He's my hero!

Pat Bianchi, United States, NY
2/21/2013 9:57:00 AM
Great job Steven. I'm very glad to know you.

C. Barton, United States, NY
2/21/2013 9:23:40 AM
What an amazing story. I can't wait to see one of their productions. Good luck Steven. I don't know you but you have a spirit for life and I hope to meet you someday soon.

Jim Peck, United States, NY
2/21/2013 8:58:00 AM
You go! Your family and you are amazing and you CAN do it.

Catherine Throop, United States, NY
2/21/2013 8:48:54 AM
You go! Steven! I have never been on stage but I love that you are following your passion! Even being nervous! YAY!

Laci Lee, United States, SD
2/21/2013 8:39:43 AM
You can do whatever you put your mind to Steven!! Break a leg!

Miriam, United States, DC
2/21/2013 8:17:43 AM
Go get 'em, Steven!

Don Mandigo, United States, NY
2/21/2013 7:44:32 AM
To know Steve is to love him. You go, guy!!!!

Theodore Zoli, United States, NY
2/21/2013 5:19:05 AM
Steve is a great guy whom i have had the pleasue of meeting nad enjoying lunch. His is a great story and i know he will meet his aspirations.

Ahmad, United States, MD
2/20/2013 10:36:17 PM
Go get 'em, Steven!

Kate Harloe, United States, WA
2/20/2013 10:19:07 PM
Best of luck!!

Bill Donohue, United States, NC
2/20/2013 9:19:40 PM
Mr. Sauter has been an inspiration for over a quarter of a century!!! As an actor, dancer, writer, he does in all - a renaissance man for sure.

Lynn Shepard, United States, NY
2/20/2013 8:16:22 PM
I remember when you were in one of my daughter's classes at school. It's great to see you realize your dreams! I can't wait to share this with the daughter that knew you when. :)

Lindsay Myers, United States, NY
2/20/2013 8:15:06 PM
Steven I am so proud of the work that you do. I have not worked with you for very long, but your dedication and determination is what makes you great!!!

David Demarest, United States, NY
2/20/2013 6:23:01 PM
Most impressive, my man. Remember: "All the world's a stage!"

Ryan C, United States, MD
2/20/2013 5:43:53 PM
You've got Baltimore backing you up!

James Phillips-Farley, United States, VA
2/20/2013 5:36:22 PM
Go Steven!

teri c, United States, NY
2/20/2013 5:19:00 PM
I hope you win....

scotty Fries, United States, MA
2/20/2013 4:59:32 PM
Sauter all the way

eileen Herzog, United States, CT
2/20/2013 4:53:31 PM
You don't know though maybe remember my father he was a guidance counselor at Canton high school when you were there. Though I think it is amazing your going after your dream it shows you have so much to proud of. I know what is like to achieve a dream my was to get a Bacholars degree even I had severe Learning challenges and other med. challenges which I achieve against all odds. Happy it seems you found your's!

C. Robinson, United States, NY
2/20/2013 4:15:17 PM
What a great story Steven! You are an inspiration.

Heather, United States, NC
2/20/2013 4:12:21 PM
I hope all your dreams come true!

Karen Stamler, United States, NY
2/20/2013 4:08:53 PM
I hope Steve Sauter gets his dream! He deserves to be an Actor and get on to the BIG SCREEN!

Charles Stockdale, United States, NY
2/20/2013 4:04:36 PM
A very inspiring story. You have my vote!

Chelsea Putnam, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:50:30 PM
Goodluck Steven!

Em Watson, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:49:36 PM
Go get it Stephen! I loved working with you in Meet Me in St Louis-- always made me smile!

Theodore Tanzer, United States, DC
2/20/2013 3:49:00 PM
Awesome job Steven! Keep it up!

Deborah Woolard, United States, NC
2/20/2013 3:37:23 PM
Great job Steven. You are amazing.

Marlene DeMayo, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:31:02 PM
Amazing job Steven!!

Matt, United States, DC
2/20/2013 3:29:49 PM
Steve, you never fail to impress!

Christine H. Gamble, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:29:06 PM
Good luck to you, Steven!

Laura Stevenson, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:23:13 PM
I'm proud of you

Andrea, United States, VA
2/20/2013 3:21:31 PM
Good Luck

Michael Sauter, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:02:48 PM
Steve, I'm so proud of you! The play was great, your story was even better.

Bruce Weiner, United States, NY
2/20/2013 3:00:33 PM
An excellent essay -- very heartfelt and well written.

Carol Pynchon, United States, NY
2/20/2013 2:54:13 PM
Great story!

Jackie Sauter, United States, NY
2/20/2013 2:06:16 PM
You can see the award-winning video here:

Steven Sauter, United States, NY
2/19/2013 7:37:35 PM
Thank you so much for choosing my story

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