Senior High Plays Have Begun
After the tremendous success of their main stage production of Disney’s The Lion King, the Holy Redeemer Drama Department is now turning their attention to their senior high one-act plays.
As per the last fourteen years, HRH will produce two plays. This year the plays are entitled Portrait of a Madonna and The Song of Louise in the Morning. Both plays will be directed by grade 12 students, and this year it will be Ethan Tobin and Kaitlyn Krebs taking over the directing reins respectively.
“These two students continuously have showcased their desire to direct,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor. “We had a number of candidates, which is a testament to the talent pool at our school, but in the end these two students were selected and we can’t wait to see what they can do.”
Portrait of a Madonna is a classic one-act by the literary genius Tennessee Williams. It tells the story of Miss Lucretia Collins (played by provincial festival Best Actress winner and grade 12 student Samantha Darr-Desrosiers) as she delves into madness about being assaulted, although the facts of the case lead the audience to believe the assault never occurred. Two other characters, The Porter and The Elevator Boy, played by grade 11 student Austin Frazer and grade 10 student Thomas Pennings respectively, must find a way to listen to her story and deal with her mental disease. “I wanted to direct a play from a classic playwright,” says Tobin. “Who better to choose than Tennessee Williams? The cast and crew have been really enthusiastic about the approach to this play. It will be challenging, but I think everyone is ready for it.” The rest of the cast will be played by Erin Rogers (The Doctor), Jaden Gauchier (Ms Abrams), and Elizavet Tyunina (The Nurse). Meanwhile, the crew will be made up of Stage Manager Kiley Bischke, Assistant Stage Managers Stephen Domshy and Sean Fogarty, and Sound Technician Lacey Kennedy.
The Song of Louise in the Morning by Patricia Jourdy is also a serious play about an emotional abusive relationship between Louise (grade 10 student Ava Simmons) and Stanley (grade 12 student Quinn Larder). “This play spoke to me because so many believe that abuse is only physical, but emotional abuse is also very serious,” says Krebs. “The expectations of this cast are very high as the emotional commitment to these characters will be very demanding. That said, I am confident this group will be amazing.” Rounding out the rest of the cast is Festival Best Actress winner Rena Fakhreddine as Kate, a friend of the couple. The crew will be Stage Manager Alaina Furegati, Assistant Stage Managers Sean Fogarty and Kaelan Tait, and Sound Technician Tanya Mainville.
Both plays will be presented at Holy Redeemer’s 15th Annual Dessert Theatre on April 13th and 14th. Tickets will go on sale in mid-March and will be $10 each. In addition, plays will be competing in the Zone 2 West Drama Festival in Spruce Grove in late April.
HRH has a long history of great one-act plays. In the past fourteen years, HRH plays have won Best Production a total of eight times and won Runner Up twice. “We are looking forward to seeing these young performers take on these mature shows,” says Taylor. “And I know with these two directors leading the charge, we are confident that our audiences will be in for a real treat.”