White Hills Academy Drama Troupe picks up awards
Recognized for excellence in acting and technical lighting
ST. ANTHONY, NL — The White Hills Academy Drama Troupe were winners at the Provincial Theatre Arts Festival in St. John’s.
The talent on display in their performance of the Kendra Thomas play “The Struggles” earned the St. Anthony troupe two awards at the festival, held May 4-7.
Grade 12 student Shalyn Pilgrim returned home with the award for Excellence in a Dramatic Role for her performance as Megan, the main character in the play.
Grade 9 student Hilary Pilgrim also won for Best Technical Lighting for her work as lighting technician.
Eleven students from Grades 7-12 are in the St. Anthony troupe. They won regionals on April 10 to qualify for the provincials.
Ten schools from across the province participated in the festival.
While attending the festival, students took in the other performances and partook in various workshops, learning different arts related to theatre – this included drawing and music amongst other things.
One specific example WHA Drama Troupe coach Stephanie Hedderson used was fighting on stage.
“Say if there’s a fight onstage, they learned the techniques of how to make it look realistic,” she explained.
A theatre course isn’t offered at White Hills but the troupe is an extracurricular activity that they’ve put a lot of work into, as they prepare themselves for regionals throughout the year.
A lot of practice went into their performance of “The Struggles” over the past school year.
Hedderson is very proud of their hard work and the results they produced.
“They did a fabulous job, I’m very proud of them and all the hard work and time that they put into this,” she says. “And I look forward to working with them next year.”
Hedderson hopes the group’s recent success will encourage others to join.
“Hopefully it’ll give people more incentive to join it,” she says. “And maybe get some other events on the go.”
The White Hills Academy Drama Troupe.