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2014 Fall Linfield Magazine

Matt Loehrke ’02 featured in a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Hansel and Gretel. Loehrke is the tour marketing associate at MCT and serves as director and actor for productions around the country. (©2013 Maureen Roy Photography) “My journey began in Linfield’s Pioneer Hall, an endearing black box theatre that seated about 60. I had friends and faculty who encouraged and supported me. Through classes, lessons, performances, late nights and long talks I grew from a timid freshman to a confident theatre professional.” air conditioners have to be turned off or no one will hear anything from the stage. This “gym-atorium” is far from ideal, but I’m reminded of Pioneer Hall Theatre and all the quirks and challenges we overcame in the small space. I look at the Dwarfs to gauge their anxiety. To my surprise I see they are excited and eager, encouraging and jovial, proud and focused. They are ready to succeed together. The cast strikes their finale pose and parents give a standing ovation. What a child can do through theatre education is amazing. I see The Evil Queen’s family waving to her, beaming with pride. It doesn’t matter what language you speak, you can easily read her face. It says success. My journey began in Linfield’s Pioneer Hall, an endearing black box theatre that seated about 60. I had friends and faculty who encouraged and supported me. Through classes, lessons, performances, late nights and long talks I grew from a timid freshman to a confident theatre professional. My journey has taken me to the Seattle Repertory Theatre, where I spent a year as their educational intern, and grew into a theatre teaching artist. Those combined experiences led me to MCT. I have witnessed the look of accomplishment on a child’s face when they take a bow for the very first time and the joy of a parent thanking you for giving their child this performing arts experience. You can’t teach that from a book or through a test – theatre education gives students a human experience that cannot be quantified. – Matt Loehrke ’02 Fall 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 9


2014 Fall Linfield Magazine
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