Wake-Up Call Among Province's Best

This year has been an extremely successful year for the Holy Redeemer Drama Department. Their main stage show of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had a hugely successful run of 11 performances in December. Then their Dessert Theatre saw two record-breaking audiences. This was followed by their three one-act plays winning a total of six awards and three honourary mentions between them, including two Best Production trophies, at the Zone Drama Festivals. And just recently, one of those plays, Wake-Up Call, had a very successful weekend at the provincial drama festival in Red Deer.

 “This show was a solid piece from start to finish,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor referring to the rehearsal process, showcase at the Dessert Theatre, and the successful run at the Zone and provincial drama festivals. “And they certainly left their best performance for last at provincials.”

Wake-Up Call won the right to attend the provincial festival (aka Alberta High School Drama Festival) from May 4 to 6 in Red Deer when they won Best Production at the Zone 2 West Drama Festival a few weeks earlier. The play tells the story of a teenager, Jim (grade 12 student Ethan Handford), and his relationship with his mother (grade 10 student Rena Fakhreddine) and his girlfriend, Rochelle (grade 11 student Samantha Darr-Desrosiers) as told through various dreams. The play was among 19 plays showcased at the Festival from the best of all of the Zones in Alberta.

“This has been such a fun experience,” says grade 12 student and director Sydney Fogarty, who has been a member of the drama program since grade 7 and this marks her twelfth show at HRH.  “I couldn’t have dreamed that it could have gone this well. What a way to end my grade 12 year.”

The play was very well received by the 500 audience members as they received an immediate standing ovation.

The play also received high praise from the adjudicators and received one award and three honourable mentions. The award went to Darr-Desrosiers for Best Actress. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” she says. “I’m speechless. All I can say is that I love drama.”

The honourable mentions went to Fogarty for Best Director, Fakhreddine for Best Actress, and Best Props to Kiley Bischke and Alaina Furegati who served as the show’s Assistant Stage Managers. “This is pretty cool,” says Bischke. “My grandma was very proud. She asked if I was going to be a part of drama next year, and I said absolutely!”

Rounding out the rest of the cast and crew were grade 10 students Austin Frazer and Dakota Morton, and grade 11 students Kaitlyn Krebs, Ashlynn Martin, Erin Rogers and Ethan Tobin.

And with the one-act plays finally done, the Holy Redeemer Drama Department will now close the books on another very successful year.

However, it is never too quiet in the Drama Department as they students now get to work on their next main stage production, Disney’s The Lion King. “It’s going to be epic,” says Taylor. “You can count on it!”

And just in case you’re wondering, tickets go on sale in November.