Since I was a little girl, it was my dream to be a famous actor. I prefer the term "actor" instead of "actress" because I believe it is universal. When I was just three years old, for my pre-school graduation, they presented me with a certificate naming me Best Actress in the Class. From that moment on, though I was a bit young to know for sure, I knew what my calling was.

I went through my phases – the longest one being "veterinarian". When I was still young I realized that I simply wouldn't be able to handle being unable to save every animal that came into my care; so I concentrated on acting. It didn't take me long at all to realize that this was what I was meant to do. It became my life goal to somehow be on Broadway – and in December 2005, I achieved that, surprisingly, with pure luck. It was winter vacation, and I was spending it, as I spent most school vacations, with my mother, shopping and seeing shows in my favorite place in the United States – New York City.

I could never get enough of that place. During that vacation, we saw six shows, four of them on Broadway (the two off-Broadway being Blue Man Group and Strawberry Fields) – Fiddler on the Roof (after which I met Rosie O'Donnell at the stage door), The Woman in White, Phantom of the Opera (for the sixth time), and Monty Python's Spamalot (for the second). I'll skip through the events of the three other shows, for what happened through the course of Spamalot is much more important.

First, I should explain something about how Spamalot works. Those who have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail know the plot. The ending of the musical, however, is quite different. Instead of the knights getting arrested, they do find the Grail – on the seat of an audience member, who then gets to go onstage with the cast, have a picture taken with them, have a song about them, and on top of that be the recipient of an "Arthur Award" for Best Peasant in New York City (buying such a thing would set a person back $40). There are four seats in which the lucky ones who have a chance of going on stage can sit – seats A101, B101, C101, and D101. Which seat it is going to be is given away during the Cave Scene, in which they come across a large stone carving that will have the seat number in it.

I, unfortunately, did not have any of these seats. I was in seat A103. Although it was a good seat, it wasn't one of the seats.

Before the show began, I chatted with the older lady in seat A101, and the young Asian girl in seat B101, whose name I learned to be Akiey. I couldn't help but tell them how jealous I was of their chance to be onstage with the cast, since it had been my dream to be on Broadway for so long. The lady was very excited and happy for the chance. However, what Akiey said was something I would never had expected:

"Onstage? I could be onstage? This place is huge. Look at all the people!" And then – "Do you want to switch seats with me?"

I was astounded that neither she nor her sister, whom she was sitting next to, wanted the chance to be in the Broadway production that had won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Still having some time to spare before the show started, I leapt out of my seat, found my mother (we had not been able to find seats near each other), and told her the whole story. She was of course very excited for me, but reminded me that I only had a 25 chance, and not to get my hopes up too high.

I spent Act One in my seat in the front row, as Akiey and I had decided to switch seats during intermission. As much as I wanted to be able to concentrate on and enjoy the show, all I could think was "Will it be me? Will I finally be able to do the thing I've wanted to do all these years?"

Though Act One was only a mere 45 minutes long, it seemed like it lasted an eternity. Finally intermission came, and I sat down next to Akiey's sister while Akiey enjoyed the rest of the show from my seat in the front row – which isn't to say that seat B101 wasn't also an exceptionally good seat.

Through Act Two I just became more and more anxious. Would this be one of the times I lucked out? I usually seemed to have good luck at shows. I'd been levitated by Lance Burton, a quite famous magician with his own TV show, I'd met Criss Angel, another quite famous magician with his own TV show, and I'd gotten picked out of an enormous crowd at PPAC to dance with Clay Aiken at his Joyful Noise 2004 tour. But then, of course, there were all those times when luck had just seemed to elude me. Would this be one of those times?

The moment came – at just the right time, I think, for had I been made to wait any longer I just may have suffered a heart attack. The rabbit was vanquished, the hill was blown up, and there onstage was the stone prop. I had to look twice to be sure of what I was seeing. Akiey turned to me from the front row and smiled, her sister patted me on the back, and I let out a loud, "Oh my god!"

"B101" was what the stone said. I'd done it. A cast member came down and led me, shaking, onto the stage, where the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Simon Russel Beale, Christopher Sieber, Hank Azaria, James Ludwig, and Steve Rosen) shook my hand and congratulated me. Arthur (Simon) asked me my full name, making sure to repeat it until the whole audience knew what it was. And after I was given my Arthur Award, Hank Azaria holding my hand the whole time, they gathered around me and sang this song –

"The Holy Grail's been found

This peasant is reknowned

Thanks to Samantha

The Holy Grail's been found

Finally found!"

Sir Robin (James Ludwig) squeezed my shoulder and said, "Look this way, Samantha." I turned, and a cast member took a picture of me with the cast. Sir Lancelot (Hank Azaria) kissed my hand, Patsy (Michael McGrath) led me back to my seat, and it was over.

After the show, I had the honor of meeting Hank, Simon, and Steve. I showed them the Polaroid and thanked them profusely, telling them just how important it was to me. People who had sat in the audience were coming up to me and asking me what the experience was like. It was wonderful – a dream come true.

It was something I'll never forget. At just sixteen years old I had somehow managed to fulfill my life's dream, and it was just by chance. I know I will never see Akiey again, but every time I think about that moment I thank her. Without her and her shyness, this probably would never have happened.