Julie Schreiner - 1970 (July) - Age 16 - "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!" - Greenroom of Yakima Little Theatre - Yakima, WA
Julie and I met for the first time at age 15 during auditions for this show over the 1969 Christmas break. My crush on her was pretty much instantaneous; kind of a nerd-meets-cheerleader sort of thing. Julie's initial reaction to me was obviously not the same, but since she was one of the pretty girls not ashamed to hobnob with nerds, she greeted me kindly and then I suspect was off in search of a quarterback.
We started rehearsals for the show in late March of 1970, which was convenient because Julie and I both turned 16 in March---she on the 18th and me on the 21st---and we both could now drive! Julie had a part in the show as the younger daughter and I managed to make it into the chorus, so for the next several months I spent most of my time standing on the stage risers staring at Julie and hoping she'd throw a glance my way.
All the cast and chorus members in the show were made up in clown face, so we spent a fair amount of time in the greenroom before each performance getting into makeup. For whatever reason, before the last couple of performances Julie came over to my chair and volunteered to help me with my makeup. Looking back on it now, I guess it was my Jim Carey moment from the movie 'Dumb & Dumber' when he says to the million-to-one girl of his dreams, "So you're telling me there's a chance?!"
Our first date was at the closing night cast party on July 11, 1970 and I've been on Cloud Nine ever since.......