LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Recently, the Artsview Children's Theater in Longview held its Annual Kick-Off Dinner. The group told us about one of the children who moved the audience to tears as she read a letter about how much the theater program meant to her.
We were intrigued, and went to meet 8 year-old Olivia Hale so you could meet her, too.
At one time, Olivia Hale wasn't comfortable telling her story.
Olivia has Moebius Syndrome.
We're told that Moebius Syndrome affects the sixth and seventh cranial nerves, which operate your eyes and facial muscles.
Olivia's music teacher, Alisha Kimbley, thought working with the Artsview Children's Theatre in Longview would benefit Olivia.
"She's just always up for anything. Always up to try something new. Always very positive, very confident," says Kimbley.
In the last year and a half, Olivia has been in three community plays.
Her mother says it's been great for her.
"Her speaking to memorize something, to slow down, to help her speech, to open her mouth wider so she can speak clearer. It's really opened her up. She loves to being on stage," her mother expressed.
So, the child who needed therapy to learn how to suck a bottle, now sings and dances on stage, even though following some of the director's instructions can be hard.
We asked her what she would say to someone for whom things weren't going well.
"Just don't give up and keep trying," Olivia replied.
That's sound advice from a second grader with a lot of life experience.
Just so you know how amazing Olivia's progress has been, her eyes don't move from side to side, which, as you can imagine, makes reading very difficult.
Now, she has confidence when reading in front of her classmates.