Pi­rates and Cast­aways com­ing to Galt Au­di­to­rium

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Lennoxville, Sher­brooke

This year’s Galt Drama pro­duc­tion, the Alexander Galt High School an­nual play that show­cases the tal­ent of its Drama stu­dents, will have it all: ro­mance, com­edy, adventure and mu­sic! Pirate Is­land, writ­ten by Martin Fol­lose with ad­di­tional mu­sic by Carol Hall, is a whim­si­cal story of pi­rates and cast­aways stranded on an ex­otic is­land that is sure to en­ter­tain the whole fam­ily. It will be per­formed in the Alexander Galt Au­di­to­rium on April 23rd, 24th and 25th, at 8:00 pm each evening, with a Sun­day mati­nee at 1:00 pm on April 26th.

“We de­cided on a mu­si­cal be­cause we did a mu­si­cal two years ago and we wanted to bring the tra­di­tion back, and be­cause of the stu­dents we have this year: we have a lot of good singers! It’s also a play that’s very rel­e­vant for high school stu­dents be­cause it is about be­long­ing,” ex­plained Olivia Louise Gre­nier, the Galt Drama teacher and the direc­tor of the play. The play will be co-di­rected, once again, by An­drew Fowlis, the tech­ni­cal direc­tor is Steve Coates, and Galt teacher Adri­ana Lyons is the vo­cal direc­tor and chore­og­ra­pher.

“There are many chal­lenges do­ing a mu­si­cal, like find­ing the bal­ance be­tween the mu­sic and the act­ing, and por­tray­ing the char­ac­ters real­is­ti­cally while mak­ing them in­ter­est­ing,” added Ms. Gre­nier.

This year’s play has a big cast of thirty-five ac­tors, from lev­els one to five, and three stu­dents on the stage crew. What’s quite new was the direc­tor’s de­ci­sion to go with al­ter­nat­ing lead ac­tors in the four per­for­mances. “We re­ally had trou­ble choos­ing the ac­tors for the two lead roles and we wanted to give ev­ery­one a chance. We also want the stu­dents to per­form at their best and per­form­ing in a mu­si­cal can be hard on the voice.” Ryan Costello and An­thony Te­treault will take turns as “Cap­tain Peach” while Darby Drew and Abigail McLean will share the role of “Bar­bara”. The other lead roles are the First Mate, played by David Wharry, and Bar­bara’s best friend, played by Jessie Lewis.

“There will also be a cameo ap­pear­ance by a very im­por­tant mem­ber of the Galt com­mu­nity in the play,” hinted Ms. Gre­nier, who con­tin­ued: “So watch out for him or her!” Tick­ets for the play can be pur­chased ahead of time at the Tri-Us store in Lennoxville or be­fore each per­for­mance at the door. Seen here are (l. to r.) Peach,

as First Mate, and

photo cour­tesy

Thirty-five Galt stu­dents, plus one sur­prise ‘Cameo’ guest, make up the en­tire cast of this year’s of­fer­ing: Pirate Is­land!

Au­then­tic cos­tumes, as seen here on (l. to r.) Ryan Costello and Kyle Smith, are al­ways part of the Galt pro­duc­tion.

The Galt Drama of­fi­cial poster for Pirate Is­land was cre­ated by one of the cast mem­bers, Teala Sirois, who is also en­rolled in the school’s Art con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Noemie Laperle, David Robb and Wil­liam Roy

re­hearse one of the play’s com­i­cal scenes.

An­thony Te­treault, play­ing Cap­tain David Wharry Wil­liam Roy.

Cast mem­bers (left to right) Jes­sica Lacroix, Luyun

Du up front, and Darby Drew as Bar­bara.

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