“Working”: It’s What Mia Cain Does On And Off The Stage

Cain shares her experiences in the March musical “Working,” a play in which she shares the struggles of being a mom.

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Amanya Gonzales, Editor-in-Chief

If anyone knows about “working,” it’s Mia Cain.

Cain has been part of Elkhart-East’s theatre group for the last four years. Within those four years, she has played a variety of roles. She was the bully in Speak. And, just this month, Cain took on the part of a mom in Working. However, this past year is unlike any other. But, instead of complaining, she’s been an active, positive member of her group.

This year’s musical was about the everyday life of workers–stay at home moms, teachers, and even more. The musical went into depth about the emotions and thoughts of these workers face.  Cain played stay-at-home mom, Kaite. Cain shares that being a mom isn’t easy, and having people judge that person for her parental style is its own struggle. She adds that Kaite struggles with her self-esteem. “Kaite struggles with the fact she doesn’t feel what she does matters.” Cain goes on to say, “[Kaite] doesn’t have a fancy job or office, but she does a lot. She works to help her family and her husband keep going.”

Preparation for a musical is no easy feat, either. Cain admits, “My biggest obstacle was balancing school, work, and the musical.” The school year has not been as easy as in the past, and with so many restrictions set in place, things tend to get a bit overwhelming. Ultimately, though, Cain was able to hone in and find a balance between the three. Additionally, it’s natural before any big performance to experience “nerves” and feel a bit self-conscious. “I was very nervous about the performance, but after opening night, my nerves went down and I had a blast!” 

As Cain departs high school and her high school acting career, she highlights some of her most treasured moments. “The past four years, theatre has been my everything. The people involved with it are so amazing and welcoming. I’ve loved every second of it.” Continuing to reflect, she adds, “I can still describe the adrenaline rush of opening night.” Conclusing, she adds, “I am beyond thankful for every show I got the opportunity to be a part of–and for all of the friends I’ve made.”

With a new wave of theatre kids coming in, Cain advises them to “take a risk! Show yourself, be vulnerable and go after what you want.” Or, as they say in theatre, “break a leg!”