Meet Maria Belechak: Masque Mom!

Clara Albecete '19, Staff Writer

Maria Belechak came back to Central Catholic’s Masque for her seventh show this fall. Maria is a senior who went to St. Bede for grade school and hopes to major in nursing in college. She is very excited for the spring show, FAME!, which will be her eighth and final performance.


C: Out of all the shows you’ve done, which was your favorite?

M: I would have to say either Mary Poppins or The Drowsy Chaperone.


C: What do you like best about Masque?

M: If I had to choose one thing, I would say how it has helped me form amazing friendships with people I never would have even met if it weren’t for Masque.


C: What do you do before auditions to not be nervous?

M: Even as a senior I still get nervous! To help keep the jitters down, I make sure I confidently know the song I have to sing, and take a few deep breaths before I head in to audition.


C: Do you think you’ll do anything with theater when you go to college?

M: I’m not planning on it, but if something catches my eye I might consider it.


C: What was your favorite part about playing Kitty?

M: Kitty was nothing like any other character I’ve played before.  It was really fun to step out of my comfort zone and be super ditzy and silly.


C: Which was your favorite number from the Drowsy Chaperone?

M: Definitely Toledo Surprise.


C: Comparing it to your other shows, do you think the Drowsy Chaperone was successful?

M: I thought The Drowsy Chaperone was very successful! No matter how many people are in the audience, as long as they enjoy it, I call that a success.


C: What were your initial thoughts on the show?

M: Initially, I had no idea what the show was about!  It wasn’t until we got the scripts that I learned the whole story line.  I laughed so hard at some of the scenes while reading the script, and that’s when I knew it was going to be a fun show.


C: What are your methods for memorizing lines? Is it hard?

M: Just rereading until I eventually can remember it without looking at the script.  Going over lines with other cast members outside of rehearsal helps a lot too.


C: Do you get nervous before shows?

M: Of course! I still get jittery before every show.  Nerves are a good thing though. Without them, I would just get too comfortable.  They help keep me excited!


C: Do you have any advice for people thinking of auditioning?

M: If you’re even slightly considering it, definitely give it a shot and audition! It’s absolutely worth it.  


C: Any closing thoughts?

M: Masque is an awesome club because it draws in people from every spectrum of Oakland and Central Catholic.  I have made some of my absolute best friends through Masque and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.  Masque really is one big happy family, and we are always eager and happy to welcome new members.  Come find me in the halls if you have any questions about Masque, I’d love to talk about it!