Carbonear Col­le­giate takes top award

Judges smit­ten with stu­dent per­for­mances at West­ern Re­gional drama fes­ti­val

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The play per­formed by se­nior high stu­dents from Carbonear Col­le­giate, took the top award at the 2008-09 West­ern Re­gional Drama Fes­ti­val.

The event, Find a Pas­sion and Make it Work, ran from April 24 and show­cased the best in act­ing from hun­dreds of stu­dents from 12 schools in the area. (Laval High, Pla­cen­tia; Carbonear Col­le­giate, Amal­ga­mated Academy, Bay Roberts; Cres­cent Col­le­giate, Blake­town; As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, Bay Roberts; St. Fran­cis, Har­bour Grace; St. Anne’s Academy, Dunville; St. Ed­ward’s Ele­men­tary, Pla­cen­tia; Ron­calli High, Avon­dale; Bac­calieu Col­le­giate, Old Per­li­can; Per­salvic Ele­men­tary, Vic­to­ria and Holy Redeemer Ele­men­tary, Spa­niard’s Bay.

East­ern School District organized the fes­ti­val in part­ner­ship with the Col­lege of the North At­lantic and the North­ern Avalon Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion.

Berni Sta­ple­ton and Amy House, ad­ju­di­ca­tors for the event, were im­pressed with the level of tal­ent demon­strated by the stu­dents as well as the amount of work that went into each per­for­mance.

“The­atre in school has come a long way over the past few years. In both ar­eas of act­ing and di­rect­ing,” said House.“Kids are much more in­formed and so well versed on the is­sues in so­ci­ety to­day. There’s no doubt the world­wide web plays a part in that. They’re find­ing is­sues rel­e­vant to their lives, that they can re­late to, and then tak­ing them to the stage and do­ing an ex­cep­tional job in act­ing them out.”

Ac­cord­ing to House and Sta­ple­ton the qual­ity of the scripts has im­proved tremen­dously as well.

“Stu­dents are also be­com­ing more creative play­wrights and are putting more of their own ideas into the­atre and act­ing,” said Sta­ple­ton.

“The dra­mas and the qual­ity of act­ing we’ve seen here at this fes­ti­val are as good as any­where.”

Carbonear Col­le­giate stu­dent Jes­sica McCarthy is among the young play­wrights in this prov­ince. Jes­sica wrote the script for the winning play Smit­ten.

“It was just a fab­u­lous play,” the ad­ju­di­ca­tors agreed.“It dealt with a lot of is­sues fac­ing stu­dents to­day and brought across a mes­sage. The­atre does that you know, it pro­vides an out­let for var­i­ous is­sues and con­cerns.”

Jes­sica’s cre­ativ­ity earned her the Best Orig­i­nal Script Award. Carbonear Col­le­giate also took home the award for Best Use of Light. The en­ve­lope please!

Other awards handed out to se­nior high drama stu­dents dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony Satur­day night in­cluded: Best Ac­tress to Aca­cia Pud­dis­ter of Bac­calieu Col­le­giate for her role in the play From the Lips of our Peo­ple and Best Ac­tor Award to Kyle White, also of Bac­calieu Col­le­giate. The Old Per­li­can school also won the award for Best Back­stage Crew in a The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion.

Mean­while Cres­cent Col­le­giate stu­dents Am­ber-Lyn Thorne and Si­mon Bon­is­teel re­ceived the awards for Best Ac­tress and Best Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role for their per­for­mance in the play Tick Tock.

Best Cos­tume Award and Best Set De­sign went to Ron­calli High for their play All that Twit­ters is not Gold while Laval High’s play One Hun­dred Lies earned them the Best Use of Sound and Best En­sem­ble in a The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion Awards.

The ad­ju­di­ca­tors Award went to As­cen­sion Col­le­giate for their play The Pop­u­lar Guy.

The ex­tra hours dur­ing lunch and af­ter school, which teacher coaches put into fine tuning the tal­ents of their stu­dents into con­fi­dent stage per­form­ers was also ac­knowl­edged.

John Way, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer for the West­ern Re­gion of the East­ern School District said: “Every­one was re­ally im­pressed by the cal­i­bre of tal­ent. This fes­ti­val shows the Fine Arts pro­gram is alive and well in this re­gion,” he added.

Way also rec­og­nized the part­ner­ship of East­ern School District, Col­lege of the North At­lantic and the North­ern Avalon Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion.

“An event such as this was pos­si­ble due to the co­op­er­a­tion of many peo­ple and groups,” said Way.“As a re­sult stu­dents not only get to en­joy and learn from the plays pre­sented, but they also re­ceive ex­tra train­ing and tips from peo­ple work­ing within var-

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