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Chris Hadfield inspires youth musical in Sudbury

YES Theatre's Young Company gearing up for the show their new show at Sudbury Theatre Centre, 'One Small Step.' May 10, 2024. (Supplied/Yes Threatre/Photo Credit: Juan Echavarria) YES Theatre's Young Company gearing up for the show their new show at Sudbury Theatre Centre, 'One Small Step.' May 10, 2024. (Supplied/Yes Threatre/Photo Credit: Juan Echavarria)
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YES Theatre Young Company opened its acclaimed kids’ show, 'One Small Step,' at Sudbury Theatre Centre on Saturday.

The Canadian-born show, all about astronaut Chris Hadfield, has been in rehearsals since February.

YES Theatre's Young Company enjoyed a very special visit with astronaut Chris Hafield, the inspiration for their new musical 'One Small Step.' May 10, 2024. (Supplied/Yes Threatre/Photo Credit: Juan Echavarria)

As the young company geared up for the show, they enjoyed a very special visit with Hadfield himself.

“We were so excited that Chris found the time to meet with our young company,” said YES Theatre Associate Artistic Director Ruthie Nkut.

“It’s been a very important week for them as they head into opening a show which they’ve been working on all year.”

Hadfield said he encourages everyone to see the “thought-provoking” and “inspirational” show, in a news release on Friday.

Hadfield has become known for the viral videos of him singing and playing his guitar aboard the International Space Station and said he is happy to share his experience of going to space, the intersection of art and science and the important role that both subjects play in our lives.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield plays the guitar from the International Space Station for Canada AM, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

One Small Step is a coming-of-age story that explores the power of young people and the joyous experience of following your dreams.

“It cannot go unsaid that one of the co-writers, Anika Johnson has just this month announced a new musical for Tim Hortons, produced by the man responsible for the hit Broadway show ‘Come From Away,’” said Nkut.

Anika Johnson, who wrote ‘One Small Step’ with Barbara Johnson will be premiering her new musical, ‘The Last Timbit’ in June at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

YES Theatre's Young Company enjoyed a very special visit with astronaut Chris Hafield, the inspiration for their new musical 'One Small Step.' May 10, 2024. (Supplied/Yes Threatre/Photo Credit: Juan Echavarria)

Hadfield, the youths with the company along with other members of the area’s theatre community said they are excited for Sudbury to see this “hilarious, yet poignant,” musical.

“This musical is an all-around must-see,” said Nkut.

“Fun for all and a great way to support the community.”

Tickets for the 90-minute show are available online at yestheatre.com or from the Sudbury Theatre Centre box office.

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