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MEA Break no time to rest for cast of "Matilda"

posted Oct 13, 2019, 2:14 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Mara Lysne
A&E Reporter

Stella Yvonne Melhoff is a junior in Moorhead who finds herself submerged in the arts at her school. She has been involved in the theater department for all three years, participating in “Aida” (2017), “Newsies” (2018), and is currently in this year’s musical, “Matilda” (2019).

 “My favorite part of theater is the community because it is so much more fun to make art when supported by other cast and directors,” Melhoff says. The theater department here at MHS has been around for decades, and because of it, several traditions have formed. Over MEA break the cast comes together to have theme nights, pool parties, soup night, Nerf gun wars, and make blanket forts. Although they are all fun traditions, Melhoff’s favorite tradition is Alumni night. Alumni night is a time where the current cast performs for MHS theater program alumni. 

“I look forward to seeing the people I got to know in the program. We always perform extra well knowing that they are in the audience.”

 The theater department may sound like all fun and games, but lots of sweat, tears, and hard work goes into the show. Melhoff says that the biggest problem the cast of “Matilda” will have to overcome this year are the vocals. However, no matter the circumstances, the theater department always rises to the challenge, and performs wonderfully. 

“The shows are always really good. I come in not knowing what to expect, and I'm always blown away with how well it's put together!” says Abigail Vonbank, also a junior at MHS.

Melhoff says this year’s selection is a show no one has seen before. She talked about having little kids on stage, people riding scooters and swings, salsa dancing, and british accents. The whole cast, along with the tech department and directors, are putting in so much work singing, dancing, acting, building the set, teaching, and adjusting the lighting. “Everyone should come! It's going to be a great show,” said Melhoff. 

If you go: MHS Theater presents “Matilda” at the MHS Auditorium. Tickets will be available son at the online box office at Show dates are Nov. 15-16, 22-23, and 29-20 at 7 pm and Nov. 17 and 24 at 2pm.