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Teen’s hard-hitting musical performed at Centrepointe Adam Kveton

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Arts - A Barrhaven student’s musical about a gay teen who is bullied to the breaking point played at Centrepointe Theatre

on March 18 and 19 after its first showing at Mother Teresa High School. The musical, entitled Break Before Bend, is the work of Elliot Wehrle, a student at Mother Teresa. “Overall, I’m thrilled and I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” said Elliot about the attention the show has received and having it play at Centrepointe.

Break Before Bend has been Elliot’s brainchild for over two years while he’s been composing songs, writing characters and discovering just what his musical was going to be about. Though Elliot has been composing music for much of his 17 years, he participated in his first musical in high school, and thought he would try his hand at it. “I didn’t know if I was se-

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rious about it when I had the idea,” he said. Nor did he know just how serious the musical itself would become. Though the show originally followed several characters in high school, Elliot eventually found himself focusing on the gay teen character. After several years, many

edits and 23 songs, Elliot’s work became a story of homophobic persecution, what it means to undergo severe bullying and, above all, bystanders. While the musical has a lot to do with the interactions between gay teenager Jesse and his bully, Todd, Elliot said the theme of the show resides else-

where. “We are not targeting homophobia here. We are not targeting bullying here,” said Elliot. “We are targeting bystanding and we are targeting apathy.” See PLAYWRIGHT, page 38

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The Kanata Minor Hockey Association is now accepting applications for all

Competitive Head Coaching Positions for the 2014/2015 Hockey Season An application form is available at www.kmha.ca

Please E-mail a completed application and supporting material to Director of Competitive Programs Steve MacLean at kanatablazers@rogers.com or drop it in the Director – Competitive Programs mail slot beside the KMHA Office at Kanata Recreation Centre. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2014 All applications will remain confidential Please direct any questions to Steve MacLean at kanatablazers@rogers.com

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Barrhaven student and Break Before Bend’s author, Elliot Wehrle, strums a song while at his home on March 7.

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