A cast of teenage actors stand in the wings as the curtain rises and the first notes ring out. A call of “places please, three minutes to curtain.” Waiting for their cue, they are confident and prepared, ready to entertain another audience doing what they love.
Who knows, maybe the next Canadian star is among them? None of them would be here without the woman who started it all.
Andorlie Hillstrom started Do it with Class Young People’s Theatre two decades ago. This past season marked her last year in the director’s chair for the youth company. She announced her retirement this spring after spending months battling breast cancer while continuing to pursue her passion of teaching young people.
“These are never easy decisions for anyone to make, I founded the organization, it was my brainchild whether for good or bad,” Hillstrom laughed. “I went through several health issues this year and I think I was on a bit of a treadmill.”