February 27, 2018
Kate Dekker, 17, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
The Grade 12 Star Academy online student spends a good portion of her free time volunteering with Torchlight Theatre, and is a willing worker.
“When Torchlight Theatre first opened [its] doors, Kaitryn asked me if there was something she could do to help,” says Chelsea Restall, artistic director for Torchlight. “Since then she has been volunteering on every project Torchlight Theatre has done…. She still loves to volunteer no matter how unglamorous the task is.”
Dekker’s involvement, which ranges from set changes to assisting actors with requests backstage during performances, stems from her love of community and her passion for the arts – and especially theatre.
“The first time I worked backstage, I fell in love with it,” says Dekker. “I like the energy, and it is also really fun meeting other people and seeing the actors and how they take on their roles.”
Dekker’s passion is also giving direction to her life.
“I have been thinking about going to Rosebud [Theatre] and taking a program,” she says. “It is still up in the air, but I would like to keep theatre involved in my life somehow.”
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