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Local youth bring super heroes to life on Marigold stage


TRURO – It’s as if Alex Purdy was destined to be a super hero.

The 17-year-old from Truro is shedding his daily life for a short time to become a super hero during a musical theatre production, Super Hero Academy, which is an original musical by Truro’s Margot Begin–Gillis.

“I’m still a little boy at heart. I grew up with comic books,” said Alex on Thursday during a brief break from rehearsals.

The Spotlight Musical Theatre performances will take place July 24 to 26 at the Marigold Cultural Centre with a show time of 7 p.m. It features more than 30 young actors, singers and dancers between the ages of eight and 19.

Alex portrays the character Six, who has the power of mind reading when he has physical contact with someone.

“The story speaks volumes. He uses a crutch too and it speaks about how people look up to others and even though they are super heroes they are just like other people with problems,” he said.

This is Alex’s second year with Spotlight Musical Theatre and he said it’s a different, faster pace than other similar productions he’s been involved in.

“We started a week ago Monday to rehearse. It’s a short amount of time with so many people coming together. And the focus that’s put in by more than 30 youth … I’m blown away by the dedication.”

Emily Robertson, 18, of Milford Station, plays Fib, a human lie detector.

She, too, is impressed with how fast the production needs to come together, as well as the important life messages it presents.

“Other (productions) take months … this is a much faster pace and it requires a lot of discipline and our own time for rehearsing as well,” said Emily.

“The storyline is about equality … everyone is unique and wants to be acknowledged and appreciated and everyone wants to help people,” said Emily, who has performed in Neptune, various musicals and the Truro Dance Academy.

Younger actors are also excited as show time gets closer.

“It’s fun being on stage with friends and working with everyone,” said 11-year-old Sascha Berliner of Bible Hill.

Ava Hennessey, 11, of Truro said her three favourite things are singing, dancing and acting and this production is ideal for all of her interests.

“It’s a lot to work on … (but) I love the stage,” said Ava.

 Begin-Gillis hopes for a full house for all performances.

“These kids are so talented … it’s going to be good,” she said.

Tickets for the show cost $18. They can be purchased at the door, as well as at the Marigold’s box office or through ticketpro.ca.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

If you go:

What: Super Hero Academy, a musical theatre production

By: Margot Begin-Gillis

When: July 24 to 26, 7 p.m. each night

Where: Marigold Cultural Centre

Cost: $18 at the Marigold or ticketpro.ca

 

The 17-year-old from Truro is shedding his daily life for a short time to become a super hero during a musical theatre production, Super Hero Academy, which is an original musical by Truro’s Margot Begin–Gillis.

“I’m still a little boy at heart. I grew up with comic books,” said Alex on Thursday during a brief break from rehearsals.

The Spotlight Musical Theatre performances will take place July 24 to 26 at the Marigold Cultural Centre with a show time of 7 p.m. It features more than 30 young actors, singers and dancers between the ages of eight and 19.

Alex portrays the character Six, who has the power of mind reading when he has physical contact with someone.

“The story speaks volumes. He uses a crutch too and it speaks about how people look up to others and even though they are super heroes they are just like other people with problems,” he said.

This is Alex’s second year with Spotlight Musical Theatre and he said it’s a different, faster pace than other similar productions he’s been involved in.

“We started a week ago Monday to rehearse. It’s a short amount of time with so many people coming together. And the focus that’s put in by more than 30 youth … I’m blown away by the dedication.”

Emily Robertson, 18, of Milford Station, plays Fib, a human lie detector.

She, too, is impressed with how fast the production needs to come together, as well as the important life messages it presents.

“Other (productions) take months … this is a much faster pace and it requires a lot of discipline and our own time for rehearsing as well,” said Emily.

“The storyline is about equality … everyone is unique and wants to be acknowledged and appreciated and everyone wants to help people,” said Emily, who has performed in Neptune, various musicals and the Truro Dance Academy.

Younger actors are also excited as show time gets closer.

“It’s fun being on stage with friends and working with everyone,” said 11-year-old Sascha Berliner of Bible Hill.

Ava Hennessey, 11, of Truro said her three favourite things are singing, dancing and acting and this production is ideal for all of her interests.

“It’s a lot to work on … (but) I love the stage,” said Ava.

 Begin-Gillis hopes for a full house for all performances.

“These kids are so talented … it’s going to be good,” she said.

Tickets for the show cost $18. They can be purchased at the door, as well as at the Marigold’s box office or through ticketpro.ca.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

If you go:

What: Super Hero Academy, a musical theatre production

By: Margot Begin-Gillis

When: July 24 to 26, 7 p.m. each night

Where: Marigold Cultural Centre

Cost: $18 at the Marigold or ticketpro.ca

 

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