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Ava is a student at QHS, entering her junior year this fall. She was most recently seen on the QCT stage as Krista in Lost Girl, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and as a member of the Big Kid Ensemble in Matilda The Musical. We asked her some questions about her past, present, and future involvement with QCT!

You’re currently assisting in one of our summer classes. Has your experience assisting been what you expected?

Yes and no. Beforehand, I knew that it would be a fun and rewarding experience. What I hadn’t thought about was how different it feels from actually being a student in a class. I’ve been taking classes at the theatre for a long time, so I’ve been used to showing up to class, having fun, and rolling with what the teacher has us do. Now, I get to look behind the curtain and see the preparation and thought process that goes into each class. What I also didn’t think about was how “full circle” assisting feels. I got my start in theatre with these classes, and now I’m able to give back and help a new generation get their start.

When you’re not at QCT, what does a typical day look like for you?

If I’m not at QCT, I’m usually at school, taking voice lessons, dancing, listening to music, kayaking with my dad, or reading a fantasy or mystery novel.

Aside from assisting, are there any other volunteer opportunities at QCT you’d be interested in trying?

In the future, I would really love to try my hand at the more technical parts of theatre, especially assistant stage managing!

How did you first get involved with QCT?

According to my parents, since the time I started walking and talking, I was always dancing, singing, and acting out stories. So, when I was five years old, they decided to enroll me in the ‘Horton Hears a Who’ class at QCT. From that moment on, I was in love with theatre!

Do you prefer performing on stage or working behind the scenes? Why?

Although I love to be involved both on and off the stage, my first love is being on stage. I like to become different characters, existing in the world the author created for them and giving life to their lines through the choices I make with physical movement, expressions, and inflection. I learn something about myself through each character’s journey and am sad when my journey with them comes to an end.

What would you say to encourage someone else to get involved at QCT?

I would encourage anyone with an interest in theatre to volunteer at QCT! You will find a welcoming and supportive community and the opportunity to discover talents and abilities that may surprise you.

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