White Hills Academy Drama Troupe picks up awards

Rec­og­nized for ex­cel­lence in act­ing and tech­ni­cal light­ing

Northern Pen - - ARTS - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

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.”

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The White Hills Academy Drama Troupe.

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