It’s all about You

Win­ston Churchill pre­sent­ing ‘Sec­ond Per­son Nar­ra­tive’ at U of L

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - J.W. Sch­narr LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

Of the three pri­mary points of view in lit­er­a­ture, sec­ond-per­son, is the most rare.

Sec­ond-per­son POV in­volves a con­ver­sa­tional tone in which the au­thor speaks di­rectly to the reader, us­ing “you” as op­posed to “I” or “he/she/they.” When done prop­erly, the ef­fect draws the reader in as an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the story.

The POV is a the­matic el­e­ment in the Win­ston Churchill High School fall drama pro­duc­tion “Sec­ond Per­son Nar­ra­tive” by Jemma Kennedy.

The main char­ac­ter is named “You.” The au­di­ence sees You be­ing born, grow up, grow old and die. They watch the strug­gle as You strives to forge her own iden­tity and at­tempt to choose her own des­tiny.

The pro­duc­tion fea­tures 21 ac­tors play­ing 150 char­ac­ters and is per­formed “in the round,” mean­ing the au­di­ence will be seated in a cir­cle around the stage. There are 31 scenes and 150 props.

“It’s a very unique show,” said di­rec­tor and teacher Greg Wol­cott.

“All of th­ese kids give up their time,” Wol­cott said, not­ing the stu­dents re­hearse every day and are not re­ceiv­ing cred­its for their ef­fort.

“This is some­thing they love to do,” he said. “We have worked re­ally hard on this show.”

Wol­cott said the for­mat of the stage cre­ates a num­ber of chal­lenges for stu­dents, in­clud­ing chang­ing con­ven­tional think­ing on fac­ing and move­ment.

“You have to be mov­ing,” he said. “You don’t want peo­ple look­ing at back­sides for too long. It’s also a very small space, so there is a chal­lenge to it. None of th­ese kids have any ex­pe­ri­ence with this.”

Whether they know it or not, the stu­dents are learn­ing valu­able life skills by chal­leng­ing them­selves with the­atre. Pri­mary among those skills is con­fi­dence, says Wol­cott.

“I work four years with the kids from Grade 9 to Grade 12, and it’s amaz­ing with some of the kids who come in to Grade 9 — the growth they get through drama and the­atre, by the time they fin­ish Grade 12 is quite un­be­liev­able.

“It’s a real con­fi­dence-builder for kids who maybe don’t do other things, and just want to re­lease their cre­ative en­er­gies and tal­ents. I think the­atre is a ter­rific way to do it.”

Wol­cott prom­ises a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for the au­di­ence as well.

“My guess is the vast ma­jor­ity of the au­di­ence have never seen the­atre-in-th­er­ound in a small, in­ti­mate space,” he said. “There are times when the au­di­ence will lit­er­ally be a me­tre away from some of the ac­tors.”

There is very lim­ited seat­ing so the school is of­fer­ing two shows a night. It runs to­day through Satur­day at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Ed­u­ca­tional Drama Stu­dio W422. Show times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. A Fri­day mati­nee will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $8 stu­dents and se­niors for the evening shows.

All tick­ets for the Fri­day mati­nee are $5. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able on­line through the school web­page (school cash on­line/items) or at the door dur­ing the day of per­for­mance (de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity).

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Her­ald photo by Ti­jana Martin

Win­ston Churchill School stu­dents re­hearse for their up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Sec­ond Per­son Nar­ra­tive at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Ed­u­ca­tional Drama Stu­dio on Tues­day. @TMart­inHer­ald

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