Youth Opera of El Paso Production to Benefit Mother with Cancer
EL PASO — Meet Maygan Hinsley...
"Ever since I was 3 I've been singing and my passion has been to be in the theatre because I really love singing," said Hinsley.
On stage... in Youth Opera of El Paso's production of "Les Miserables"... Maygan plays young Cosette... an orphan who loses her mother around age 9.
However... the real drama unfolds behind the scenes for this 9-year-old as life attempts to reflect art.
"It's a reality, a harsh reality, but at the same time, it's united us," said Juliet Hinsley, Maygan's mother.
At the end of May... doctors diagnosed Juliet... with stage four stomach cancer... with an 8-percent chance of survival.
"The doctors don't have a good outlook for my future, but I'm fighting it and they don't have the last word. God does," said Juliet.
Juliet... also mother to a toddler... says Maygan's participation in "Les Mis"... has changed her tune as she faces this tremendous battle.
"Because of her involvement and how it makes her happy and how it feeds her soul, it has inspired me to fight. This is one of her dreams. Singing is her life. Music is her life. Therefore it is my life," said Juliet.
"I think that we can take a situation that is negative and by working through those things with music, with the performing arts in general - it's not just limited to music - we can change a perspective. We can change the energy and the spirit about the 'thing' and turn it around," said Youth Opera of El Paso Artistic Director Kimberley Wolfenbarger-Nakamoto.
SHe wants proceeds from the show to benefit the Hinsley family... as Juliet has been denied disability, Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.
"It's all about the human condition and how can we improve the human condition by using our art. That's what's the most important. And here we have one of our own that could benefit and that's where our focus needs to be," said Wolfenbarger-Nakamoto.
"Right now everything's out of pocket and it's draining my funds, but we're going to be ok," said Juliet.
Despite the hardship... Juliet says she only wants one thing as her daughter prepares to shine in the spotlight... a packed house.
"I don't want anything else. I want that. I want my daughter's dreams to come true."
"Les Mis" opens this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.... and runs through Sunday on stage at El Paso High School.
Tickets cost $10 each.
Additional show times: Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 30th at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 1st at 2:30 p.m.