Pirates and Castaways coming to Galt Auditorium
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
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.
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.