‘Very pleased with the outcome’
ious areas of the arts.”
Actor/singer Jim Payne, comedian John Sheehan, musician and songwriter Barry Canning and writer Ed Kavanagh were just a few of the artists who facilitated workshops to help the budding young actors during the festival.
“We had people from all kinds of fields related to the arts, such as story telling, film making, puppet making, dance and jewellery making, share their expertise and ideas with students,” said Claudine Garland, executive director of the Northern Avalon Tourism Association.
“ It tied in quite well with the theme of the Drama Festival Find a Passion and Make it Work. These very talented people were able to provide some advice and guidance to young people who are considering a career in the arts... about where it is they want to be and how to get there. We ( Northern Avalon Tourism Association) walked away from this event very pleased with the outcome.”
Many at the festival took the opportunity to extend well wishes and bid goodbye to Crescent teacher and drama Coach Debbie Phillips. Over the years, Phillips, who retires in June, mentored hundreds of aspiring young actors. The outstanding contribution of another long time drama coach Anita Veitch ( Roncalli High) was also recognized. Veitch who passed away last year was inducted into the festival’s Hall of Fame. Veitch’s friend and former colleague Walter Lewis accepted the plaque on her behalf from Pat Collins, retired program specialist, Avalon West School District.
Carbonear Collegiate Drama Troupe will represent the region at the 59th Annual Provincial Drama Festival in Labrador West April 14 - 18.
( For junior festival results see Pages B5-6.)