‘Very pleased with the out­come’

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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.)

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