Matilda the Musical

EYE ON ACTIVISM

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by Zara Zrudlo

Zara Zrudlo

On April 15, Matilda the Musical has its opening night! It is produced by the Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company (KYMTC). Rehearsals originally started in the fall of 2019, but, four rehearsals before opening night, the lockdown was announced for Covid19 and the production had to halt. The age limit for being in the play is 18, and when auditions were held again in the fall of 2022 some people were too old, or no longer interested. Now, we are a week and two days from opening night and I am so honored to be able to be a part of the production. 

My experience as a cast member has been nothing but awesome. For me, as a homeschooler, I don’t get as much time to socialize as people who go to school, so getting a chance to interact with people has been amazing and I am so grateful for the many friends I have made because of this production. During rehearsals we hang out, joke, even dance while the music director plays “The Macarena” on the piano during the break, the sense of community is incredible. 

Being a part of the play has also been a very accepting and inclusive experience for me. The first time I wore my pronoun pin that says that my pronouns are they/them, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know if people at rehearsal would know about those pronouns and be accepting of them. However, I have always felt very accepted there. There is even a section in the code of conduct that prohibits ‘racial slurs or language intended to insult another person’s religion, race, or sexual orientation’. If you disregard the code of conduct, you could be dismissed from the cast, crew, or as a volunteer. 

When I first joined the KYMTC, it was with the summer camp Peter Pan. The summer camp goes from July 31 to Friday, August 25, 2023, and starts at 9:00 a.m., ending at 4:00 p.m.. Because of that camp, I have made friends that I still have today, and it has provided so much experience in dance, music, and acting. There are still spots available at the summer camp (as of time of writing). Information is on the KYMTC website for the camp, and for auditioning for next year’s main show.

I invite you to join us at the Municipal Centre for one or more of our nine shows. Tickets are on sale at Brewed Awakenings, or online at www.kymtc.org/main-show. It has been a magical experience for me being a part of the cast and I hope that seeing it will be just as magical for you.

 

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