INTERVIEW WITH MAXINE AQUILINA

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Date of Birth: 28/07/1989

Where do you live? Mosta

Status: In a relationship

Main occupation: Teacher at Stagecoach Theatre Arts & Events and Wardrobe Manager at FM Theatre Productions

MAXINE AQUILINA started her training in Ballet at Yada at the age of eight. In 2006, she furthered her education in musical theatre at a college in the UK. She is now employed on a full time basis at FM Theatre Productions and she teaches at Stagecoach while continuing her training in musical theatre.

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Some of her theatre credits include Ali Baba (as part of the ensemble), Legally Blonde (Serena), Much Ado about Nothing (Ursula), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzietel), Merchant of Venice (Jessica), Pinocchio the Panto (Princess Esmeralda), All New People (Kim). Maxine also recently won the Best Actress Award at the MADC One Act Festival.

Maxine will shortly be playing the role of Jill Tanner in the romantic comedy Butterflies Are Free by FM Theatre Productions which is opening in May, 2015 at St James Cavalier, Valletta.

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Tell us about your journey in becoming a dancer and actress.

I started dancing at Yada when I was eight years old and was eventually introduced to the theatre. It was then, I can say, that I was bitten by the performing bug. I loved everything about it. The make-up, the buzz backstage, the amazing feeling of the lights in your face, and of course, the applause after. This led me to explore different types of theatre. I loved acting and singing too, so musical theatre was my next venture.

At sixteen, I joined a college in Guildford UK where I studied musical theatre. This opened my eyes to the wonderful world of musicals and gave me a possibility to combine my three passions – acting, singing and dancing. After moving back to Malta, I didn’t get involved in the local theatre scene until 2011. I formed part of the ensemble in FM Theatre’s Christmas Pantomime Ali Baba. This was an eye opener to just how much I missed performing.

They do say that once you get bitten by the bug it never goes away! Ali Baba opened many doors to other performance opportunities and also led to my full time employment at FM and Stagecoach. I feel truly blessed to be where I am today and owe everything to Marika and Edward Mercieca for persuading a rather scared and hard-headed me to audition for the panto, back in 2011.

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You mentioned the Best Actress Award at the MADC One Act Festival. In which year did you receive this award and what does this mean to you?

I was presented with this award in 2014. This was a great honour. I was lucky enough to work with a good friend, Joe Depasquale who wrote and directed the play that I took part in. Rehearsing and performing Eternal Glades was loads of fun so winning the award was a bonus!

So far, what’s the most money you have spent in one go?

Definitely on my car!

What role does technology play in your life?

Technology plays a big part in my life especially since my boyfriend, Luke, studies in Scotland. So Skype and Whats App are a perfect way to communicate throughout the day.

What is your most treasured possession, and why?

My most treasured possession must be my kitten, Tinkerbell.

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If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Advice to my younger self: Never give up on your dreams.