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Maryn Tarini plays Dorothy in the upcoming joint YES Theatre-STC production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but she gets her inspiration from helping others
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Performer Maryn Tarini plays Dorothy in the upcoming joint YES Theatre-STC production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but she gets her inspiration from helping others.

Maryn Tarini knew she was in love with theatre by the time she was seven, around the same time she  attended her first theatre camp. 

It’s an art form she now practices, being involved with YES Theatre since 2017. Currently in rehearsals for “The Wizard of Oz”, which is a co-production between YES Theatre and the Sudbury Theatre Center, Tarini is in the lead role as Dorothy. 

You can Tarini perform Over The Rainbow below.

“I got into acting because I found such delight in musical theatre,” she said. “I’m always out and about singing in the community!”  

But that’s hardly where she stops. 

Not only does Maryn juggle attending school at Marymount Academy, where she busies herself with a  plethora of extracurricular activities (band, school plays, various promotions and events), but she’s also involved with the Big Sisters program. Tarini mentors a student transitioning into Grade 7, and acts as a peer tutor within her class.

“The relationships that are built between me and those I’m around is what makes me so willing to  participate in what I do,” Maryn said when asked what inspires her. 

“I take pride in being there for others and being their No. 1 person. I gain experience with a lot of different people with different interests. I find people fascinating, and I love getting to know them. I guess you could say the social butterfly in me really shines when I’m out in the community.” 

Tarini, who’s been performing in the MCTV Christmas Telethon since of the age of 12, credits her  parents for her character. 

“My parents are my main supporters!” she said. “I don’t know who I’d be if they weren’t so lovely and caring. My parents are easily my biggest role models. I love them dearly, and can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for me.” 

Not content with all that she’s involved in, Tarini also enjoys hockey, which she plays both in and out  of school. She hopes to become a dentist in the future, but is wise enough to know life can throw  curves. 

Says Maryn, “But who knows what I will decide to do.” 

In the meantime, she will continue to be busy volunteering, continuing her education at Marymount, and, yes, performing on stage every chance she can get. 

Maryn Tarini’s words of inspiration

"People are fascinating. I gain experience from involving myself with a variety of people with different interests."

James Stewart is a writer in North Bay. Inspire is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.