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Afrikaans word of the week: Lekker – It means pleasing, tasty, nice, good, great, delicious. Lekker is used for just about anything you find nice. “How was the party? Lekker,” “I met a lekker chick last night,” “How is that steak? Lekker bro.” Unlike it’s English counterpart “nice”, use of the word “lekker” is actually promoted instead of frowned upon despite being very commonly used. It is speculated that “lekker” will never become clichéd.

Welcome back Raptors! Hope you are enjoying your day off and maybe catch up on some work you might have fallen behind on. Last week we learned about the great opportunities and learning experiences MC has to offer for students. I mentioned that the Theatre Department gave internships to students who want to pursue a career in theatre as a technical performer and today I want to tell you more about it.

The Summer Dinner Theatre is a program the Theatre Department presents each year, not only will you be able, as an actor, to work with professional directors and choreographers but you get the chance to apply for an internship and have a summer job. Yay! This program is focused on musicals and this year we’ll be doing Sister Act and West Side Story.

They offer internships to any of the following positions:

Carpentry and Scenic Construction





Prop Design and Management

Scenic Arts and Design


Stage Management

and Technical Direction, Production Management

To be eligible to apply, you need to have at least one year of college and have some experience in the area you apply for. As an intern you will have a mentor who is a professional in their field. You can get between a $1000 and $2200 and you can also earn up to 3 credits for this. If you want a job but don’t have enough experience or don’t want to do any of the internships, Summer Dinner Theatre also offers students employment to work various jobs during the dinner portion of the performances. Jobs include setting up, waiting tables (for those 18 years or older), bussing tables, buffet attendant, clean up, beverage station attendant, usher, etc. You DO need to be 16 years of age or older, have a valid social security number and be able to prove citizenship (I-9).

If you need more information feel free to contact Dennis Mulligan, SDT Production Coordinator at 240-567-5385 or You can also email or call at 240-567-5262.

The DEADLINE is Friday, March 23rdDO NOT WAIT until the last day to submit! Be sure to look at the calendar for the schedule so that you will know if you can commit to it or not.

Here is a link where you can find the applications online and submit them and to answer any other questions you might have.


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Madlene Nel

One part student and one part friend, two parts explorer and four parts drama queen. When you put it all together you’d have a nice apple pie and I just made myself very hungry.

My name is Madlené and I am from South Africa. I have been privileged enough to be able to experience the American culture and get to know a variety of amazing people living here. I enjoy travelling and discovering new places but above all I love meeting new people and learning about their culture while sharing mine as well.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or two and of course I am addicted to Netflix (Not my fault . . . it’s those 10 seconds they give you to choose whether you want to go on with the show or stop and I seem to miss clicking the stop button every time). I love writing songs and performing in front of others. Over the weekend I like hanging out with my friends, going to see theatre performances and discovering new places to hike, eat or just to have fun.

 I am majoring in Performance Theatre and want to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

I am excited to share my college experience with you and I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Maddie, thanks for pointing out the great opportunities for students who are interested in theater, either on stage or behind the scenes or in a technical capacity! Also, paid internships are rare these days. Once again, an MC blogger helps make us aware of all the great things MC has to offer.

  2. Wow, this sounds so cool! As Jane mentioned, paid internships can be hard to find; Thanks for sharing!

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