Egyptian farce coming to Galt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The stars of Evil Doings at Queen Toot’s Tomb ham it up during one of their many rehearsals in the Galt auditorium.