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The Ryerson Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) is an FCAD-based group on campus that puts on a yearly musical production. Going into it’s third year in 2017, RMTC is open to students across campus and is looking forward to new friendly faces.
What is the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company and why was it created?
The Ryerson Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) is an extra curricular student group created out of the need and love for a musical theatre community on campus. Many students, some of whom choose not to pursue a career in theatre performance or production, wish to continue their involvement in theatre but lack the outlet and opportunity. The RMTC is creating that opportunity for students from any program who have a passion, commitment and interest in musical theatre. Through the blend of student talent, RMTC wants to give Ryerson students the chance to learn more about and gain experience with musical theatre. We intend to create networks between many different faculties and programs at Ryerson to allow a large variety of students to collaborate on a final musical production each school year.
Who can join and what kind of roles are needed for the production?
With the RMTC, we give opportunities in the cast, crew, orchestra, production team, and executive to students in all programs and faculties at Ryerson. Whether you want to be onstage on behind the scenes, there are all kinds of ways for students to be involved in our productions – every role is important in creating our final product.
What is the best experience you have had while participating in RMTC?
As the founder and first musical director of RMTC, there have been endless great experiences that bring a smile to my face. What stands out the most for me was when the curtain rose on opening night. Thinking of all those anxious cast members in tableau on stage, all of the stage hands ready with the next set pieces, our orchestra conductor seamlessly starting the opening number, and knowing all of the hard work and love that went into the production was ready for everyone to experience. That moment, the “curtain rising” moment, comes in many different ways along the production process. Whether it is hearing pitches from next years director, the crazy chaotic call back day, the first prop that shows up in rehearsal, the day our tickets launch, the final set piece being loaded into the theatre, when the cast takes their final bow, this moment finds its way all over the road on our way to our musical production.
How have you grown by being part of this group?
RMTC provides more than just a musical production, it creates a community. It creates connections and friendships with people from all walks of life from Ryerson that you would never have expected to meet. It creates such a unique bond between so many different minds and background that all have a mutual love for theatre.
Balancing school, work and extracurriculars can be a difficult task, do you have any suggestions for those who want to get involved?
When getting involved in extracurriculars it is important to simply pursue what makes you happy. There will always be a vast variety of options, but the one that you look forward to participating in, the one that challenges you, the one that makes you a better version of yourself is the one that you should stick with. It may take a while to find that exact fit, there is no harm in trying many different options and learning and growing from all of them, but be sure to leave room for the one that brings you the most joy.
If you could envision RMTC five years down the road, where would you like it to be/what would you like to see and why?
In five years, I hope the RMTC will be financially sustainable and find new and unique ways to support our creative teams. I hope that we have created a strong alumnae culture of graduates that continue to support theatre in and out of Ryerson. I hope that RMTC can simultaneously produce large scale musical theatre productions while also creating original content through musical theatre workshops. The more creative outlets and talents that are tapped into the stronger we can become and the more students we can involve in our community.