Egyp­tian farce com­ing to Galt

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Len­noxville

Af­ter read­ing through a num­ber of plays at the be­gin­ning of the school year, Galt Drama teacher Marcy Clark be­lieves she

has found a ‘win­ner’ with Evil Do­ings at Queen Toot’s

Tomb by Billy St. John. “This play ap­pealed to me, I felt it would fit the stu­dents I’m work­ing with, and it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent,” com­mented Ms. Clark who is di­rect­ing the Galt Drama pro­duc­tion for the first time on her own. “It’s a farce, a melo­drama. It’s a very fun show with lots of ap­peal to young and old,” added Ms. Clark who likened the play to some­thing like a Shrek movie with dif­fer­ent lev­els of com­edy for dif­fer­ent age groups.

Ac­cord­ing to the Alexan­der Galt Re­gional High School Drama Depart­ment, “ Evil Do­ings

at Queen Toot’s Tomb is a hi­lar­i­ous com­edy that fol­lows the story of Pro­fes­sor Ar­tie Facts and his team of arche­ol­o­gists who are about to un­earth a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered Queen of Egypt’s Tomb and the trea­sures that lie within it in the early 1920’s. Queen Toot­si­wootsi’s Tomb holds more than just trea­sure though, come and see what the evil Al­lura and her hench­men Ben-Dare Dun­dat, Abba Dabba-Doo, and Shah Nah­nah have planned for the hap­less Sue Hara and her sol­dier of for­tune, Niles Banks. To com­pli­cate mat­ters, Head­mistress Pris­tine Man­ners and her five fin­ish­ing school stu­dents ar­rive just in time to wit­ness the un­veil­ing of Queen Toots, and the un­rav­el­ing of Al­lura’s plan! Nar­rated by the mys­te­ri­ous Makit-Tup and her young nephew Tahl-Me Moore, this play will keep au­di­ences young and old alike at the edges of their seats and howl­ing with laugh­ter!”

The cast of thirty-five stu­dents be­gan re­hears­ing in De­cem­ber. “We be­gan re­hears­ing the week be­fore Christ­mas. We did that to com­pen­sate for the show open­ing two weeks ear­lier than usual be­cause Easter is so late this year and some of my level 5 ac­tors will be go­ing on the trip to Europe dur­ing the Easter break,” ex­plained the di­rec­tor. In Jan­uary, the de­mand­ing re­hearsal sched­ule was four days a week, from 3:30 to 6:00. Half­way through Fe­bru­ary, the stu­dents added Satur­day re­hearsals, from 9:00 to 4:00, to their sched­ule.

Be­sides the di­rec­tor and her cast, sev­eral other peo­ple are work­ing hard be­hind the scenes to put on this year’s pro­duc­tion: Bishop’s stu­dent and for- mer Galt drama stu­dent, Andrew Fowlis, and Galt teacher Belinda Spoor are help­ing out; Me­lanie Ford is head­ing up the vol­un­teers and work­ing on cos­tumes and props; Art teacher April Blampied is work­ing on cos­tumes and set props; Bruce Gid­dings is cre­at­ing an elab­o­rate set; teacher Paraskevi Mazarako­tis is teach­ing belly-dancing to some of the ac­tors; and teacher Cather­ine Nadon is also work­ing on chore­og­ra­phy. “It’s not a mu­si­cal but there’s lots of fun mu­sic in­volved, it’s set in the 1920’s, and there is dancing in this play,” said Ms. Clark.

Of course, Drama teacher Nel­son Gonyer, who bowed out at the end of last year’s an­nual pro­duc­tion af­ter di­rect­ing the school’s play for over thirty years, is avail­able for ad­vice. “Mr. Gonyer is there to sup­port me; he’s my men­tor. I’ve al­ready called him once or twice and I think I’ll be tap­ping into that re­source a lit­tle more of­ten in the next few weeks,” Ms. Clark men­tioned.

This year, the props depart­ment is on the look­out for ‘Egyp­tian style’ golden and bronze dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects to bor­row. If you have some­thing to lend for the oc­ca­sion con­tact Ms. Clark at clarkm@ped.etsb.qc.ca.

Tick­ets for this year’s pro­duc­tion of

Evil Do­ings at Queen Toot’s Tomb, which runs on April 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8:00 pm in the Alexan­der Galt Au­di­to­rium, are $9.00 and are avail­able at the box of­fice, as well as the TriUs Gift Shop in Len­noxville. Tele­phone reser­va­tions should be di­rected to Ms. Jean Boluk at 819563-9380.

photo cour­tesy

The stars of Evil Do­ings at Queen Toot’s Tomb ham it up dur­ing one of their many re­hearsals in the Galt au­di­to­rium.

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