HRH Wins Best Production

The Holy Redeemer Drama Department has had a long history of producing quality, award-winning and audience loving one-act plays. Since 2004, seven of these plays have had the privilege of winning Best Production at the Zone Drama Festival. And now you can add one more to that list: Wake-Up Call.

“I still don’t think it has sunk in yet,” says grade 12 student Sydney Fogarty who directed the show.  “I’m just so proud of this cast and crew. They worked so hard and so well together. They all deserve this. What a way to spend my last year in the HRH Drama Program” 

The Zone 2 West Drama Festival took place from April 20th to 22nd in Spruce Grove and featured 17 plays from 9 high schools in Barrhead, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Westlock, Whitecourt and Edson.

Each year, HRH submits two plays for competition. This year the shows were Wake-Up Call and Double Diners. “Both plays had their best performances,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor mentioning that both plays also had excellent performances at the school’s Dessert Theatre earlier in the month. “That said, both shows really hit their peak at Festival and became crowd favourites of the over 200 participants in attendance.”

Wake-Up Call, which revolves around a teenage boy named Jim and his dreams that involve some strange situations between his girlfriend, Rochelle, and his mother. “I read this script and it really intrigued me,” says Fogarty. “And the more I read it the more I found it funny, and then the more I wanted to direct it. And I’m so glad I did.”

Not only did the play win Best Production, but it also won Best Actress to Rena Fakhreddine who played the role of Jim’s mother. “I really can’t believe this,” says Fakhreddine. “This was only my second play at HRH and I won an award for it. I’m just in shock right now.”

The cast and crew of Wake-Up Call will now have the opportunity to compete in the Alberta High School Drama Festival (provincials) in Red Deer from May 4th to 6th. This marks the eighth appearance for the HRH Drama Department at the prestigious event.

Double Diners also had a very successful performance at the Zone Festival. In this play, two actors, Maddy Kinzie and Quinn Larder, play the roles of five people at a dinner party that goes completely wrong. “These two performers had the major challenge of building characterization for each person they portrayed,” says grade 12 student and director Emma Laurin. “And they had their best performance at Zones. I couldn’t have been happier on how it went.”

Many audience members complimented both Kinzie and Larder on their outstanding performances. They even caught the eye of the Festival’s adjudicator who awarded them Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.

“The look on Quinn’s face said it all,” says Taylor who remarked that Larder had a look a pure joy and happiness, while at the same time being in complete shock. “Everyone is so proud of him and Maddy for all their hard work over the past few months.”

With another Festival complete, the Wake-Up Call cast and crew now turn their attention to provincials and then to next year’s huge main stage production of The Lion King.