Hart Jefferson (pictured above in the center), one of our very own Peyton’s House students, plays Bruce in Matilda the Musical at New Stage Theatre with his final performance being this weekend. Rafael Jackson, our Peyton’s House Director, took the young men in the After School Program on an outing to go watch Hart in the musical!
The performance from Hart and the rest of the cast was exceptional, and everyone had a great time getting out to watch the show and enjoy each other’s company. It has been a blessing to support students in our programs as they use their God-given abilities and further pursue their talents!
Along with Peyton's House After School students, Peyton House Founder Pamela Houchins (named in memory of her son, Peyton) and tutors Kim Kelly and Kim Erickson also attended the show.
Hart Jefferson took the time to answer a few questions we had for him about performing in Matilda the Musical:
What grade are you in and what school do you attend? I’m in 8th grade at Bailey Middle School.
How did you get into theatre?
I started doing plays at New Stage Theatre in fourth grade. I’ve been acting in plays since then. In 6th grade, that was probably my first time doing a big play—Once on This Island performed at New Stage, and ever since then I’ve been doing plays like that.
What made you want to try out for Matilda the Musical?
I like doing plays in general so any chance I have to do a play—it doesn’t matter what type, I just want a chance to be in it.
What’s it like to play Bruce? It’s fun playing Bruce. I enjoy it because it gives me freedom to do fun stuff on stage. Every performance and all of the cast tries different things. That’s what it means to be creative.
What do you dream of doing in the future in theatre and outside of theatre?
In a couple of months I’m going to hopefully be in Rag time which is what I’m planning to audition for. I still act with New Stage’s Youth Acting Group. Over the summer, I always go to New Stage’s Broadway Camp. For career goals, I’m more interested in film, but I would like to continue doing theatre.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Matilda the Musical is a great show because it encourages kids to be themselves and to read. I think it’s a good show for kids to see.