DifferWhen I was growing up, I did a lot of community theater, but it was mostly because my mom taught voice and was always a leading lady--Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, even Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly--so I got dragged into it. I really liked singing and dancing, but theater itself was more her thing than mine. It's kind of a trip because people in my hometown often ask if I'm still performing when I visit, but I'm way into math and science instead...
My mom and I actually got one real gig together for a summer when I was 13 or 14, and I got the chance to talk to a bunch of actors trying to make it professionally. They told me, "If you can be happy doing anything else, do it," so I took their word for it. I did spot one of them in a minor role on Orange is the New Black later on, though, so I guess he's still at it.
I think my favorite role was Little Red in Into the Woods.
In my mind, theatre is one of those things that you really have to have a passion for in order to be happy doing it--it's often a ton of work that can easily burn you out if it's not your thing. It's great that you've found your passion though
Also, I can't say I'm not jealous that you got to do Into the Woods. It's one of my all-time favorite shows and I want so badly to do it one day