MEDICINE HAT ACTOR LANDS MAJOR ROLE IN BROADWAY’S DEAR EVAN HANSEN

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Medicine Hat's David Jeffery will take over the role of Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, a stage musical running since December 2016 on Broadway. (David Jeffery)

Growing up and attending high school in Medicine Hat, David Jeffery didn’t really know what he wanted to do with his life — he just knew he really enjoyed performing.

In the sixth grade, he was given the lead role in a school production of Hamlet, and it made him realize something about himself.

“The thing that stands out to me was, ‘Oh, I really like doing this,'” Jeffery said. “At that moment it wasn’t like, ‘This is what I want to do forever,’ but it gave me some internal satisfaction.”

After graduating high school, Jeffery took close to five years off while performing in community theatre in Medicine Hat.

But eventually, he decided to make a move to Ottawa to pursue schooling in marriage counselling instead.

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