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Maya Lucas expresses herself in CTC’s ‘The Odyssey’
OnStage graduate plays Queen Penelope
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:56 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Maya Lucas plays Queen Penelope in Children's Theater of Charlotte's production of "The Odyssey." Lucas is a graduate of CTC's OnStage theater intensive program.

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Maya Lucas found a place to express herself—the stage.

An eight-year participant of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s five-week theater intensive, OnStage, she was prepared for her final performance as Queen Penelope in “The Odyssey.”

“It has been really special to me to play Queen Penelope, especially in a time of such hard times for women,” Lucas said. “Playing such a strong character and a mother is really important. She is clever, but she is also really caring. She is very maternal. I’ve been able to draw on experiences that I’ve had with my mother as I create this character.”

Her mother, Dee L. Davis, signed Lucas up for an acting class when she was 9 years old, and it stuck.

“It was just something for me to explore, and I fell in love with it,” Lucas said. “I came back every single year, because it was a place I could be free, and be myself, and meet other students my age who were doing the same thing. It’s so much fun, not only to do theater, but to also have a community and a place to be yourself and express yourself. I’ve come back every year for that community, and for those experiences.”

OnStage takes place each spring, beginning with the audition process. Directors and CTC Education staff place applicants (grades 3-12) in one of four shows. This year’s other titles include: “Once on This Island Jr.,” “Anything Goes (Young Performers’ Edition)” and “Red Red Shoes.”

“It is definitely an intense process, but it is one that I’ve gotten used to over the past eight years,” Lucas said. “At the beginning, you meet your cast, and you read through the script. From there you do blocking, you learn all of the places [you need to be on stage]. You learn your lines, and stuff like that. It’s really fun, but it definitely is hard work.”

Lucas is enjoying a busy senior year at Northwest School of the Arts, taking more advanced placement classes than ever before, and preparing for graduation on June 13.

“Balancing this has definitely been my key to staying on top of everything this year,” she said. “Making sure that I have my time scheduled out. Asking people for help if I need it. That’s been the key to keeping everything balanced. I know that if I get my work done, then this experience for rehearsal will be much more fun and enjoyable. That’s the way I keep it all together.”

Lucas will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she intends to major in interior design.

“They are the number one school in the nation, and they have been for the past eight years for that program,” Lucas said. “Also, going to an arts school is something that I wanted to do because I love being surrounded by other creatives, and I love Savannah. It’s such a beautiful city.”

A psychology class Lucas took her sophomore year inspired her to pursue interior design.

“The science behind how a space affects you was something that was really interesting to me,” Lucas said. “I also have always loved watching HGTV. It’s so much fun. I want to be a residential interior designer because designing people’s homes is really special.”

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