Senior One-Acts Ready to Go

The Holy Redeemer Drama Department has enjoyed a long history of producing award winning and memorable one-act plays. These productions always amaze audiences at the annual Dessert Theatre and win multiple awards at the Zone Drama Festival. The students hope that this year will see the same success.

This spring, the Drama Program will produce two senior high one-act plays: 9.8 Meters Per Second and I Bring You Flowers. Both plays will be directed by a grade 12 student.

“Each year it is so amazing to see our senior high directors choose plays that are very different and offer some very unique challenges,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor. “This year we will have one play that will be a serious and dramatic piece, while the other is completely silly. I think audiences are in a for a real treat.”

9.8 Meters Per Second will be directed by award-winning actor Thomas Pennings. It tells the story of two passengers on board a plane, Ron and Didi, who begin to learn so much about one another in the most bizarre fashion. “Anyone who knows me knows I love comedy,” says Pennings. “Especially comedy that is so ridiculous. I’m really excited to what hilarious ideas come from our rehearsals.”

Pennings’ play will see the largest cast ever assembled for an HRH one-act. Playing the lead roles of Ron and Didi will be grade 10 student Jesse Cesario and multiple award-winning actress and grade 11 student Jayna Fedorak. “I thought these two had a great comedic chemistry during auditions,” says Pennings.

Rounding out the cast will be grade 10 student Charity White, and grade 11 students Mia Cattanach, Shanyce Fawcett, Tyler Ferguson, Victoria Grant, Lauren Leslie, Emma Longmore, and Morgan Steffler.

I Bring You Flowers is a dramatic piece about a young couple remembering some of the special memories in their life. This play will be directed by award-winning actress Ava Simmons and star award-winning actors and grade 10 students Katie Blue and Ethan Toner.

“This play is so powerful,” says Simmons. “I know these actors will be able to bring the emotion needed to make this show a success.”

Rounding out the cast will be grade 11 student Shanyce Fawcett.

On top of these talented casts will be a very supportive crew: Ashley Bischke, Danielle Bittner, Alexa Bodner, Mekha George, Josina Kennedy, Kirsten Landry, and Haley Squire.

Both plays will be seen at 17th Annual Dessert Theatre on April 17th and 18th, and then be showcased at the Zone Drama Festival in Westlock from April 23rd to 25th.

Tickets for the Dessert Theatre will go on sale in mid-March.