Aired on WCAI's All Things Considered June 8, 2015.

Alex Valentine had his career-defining moment of clarity early in life. He was five, watching a production of “Annie” with his mother at the Zieterion Theater in New Bedford. Then and there Alex knew he belonged on stage.

Now 36 years old, Alex has trouble recounting just how many plays he’s been in. But along the way he’s discovered – as does almost everyone eventually – that making a living while pursuing your dreams can feel like searching for a miracle.

You can see Alex play Jesus in the musical "Godspell" from June 11 through June 27 at the Woods Hole Community Hall. More information is available at