Amal­ga­mated Academy takes Best Play award in ju­nior cat­e­gory


There was much to choose from and the de­ci­sion was tough, but mem­bers of the drama troupe from Amal­ga­mated Academy in Bay Robert’s were the over­all win­ners in the Ju­nior divi­sion of the 2008-09 West­ern Re­gional Drama Fes­ti­val.

The event, Find a Pas­sion and Make it Work, ran from April 24 and show­cased the act­ing tal­ents of stu­dents from 12 schools in the West­ern Re­gion, East­ern School District.

Amal­ga­mated’s per­for­mance in the play Float­ing on a Don’t CareCloud also earned them the Best Use of Light Award and the Best En­sem­ble in a The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion Award. Troupe mem- ber Alex Oates took home the award for Best Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role.

Other awards were handed out dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing Best Ac­tor to Joshua Bar­rett of Holy Redeemer Ele­men­tary for his per­for­mance in the play Child Won­der and Best Ac­tress Award to El­iz­a­beth Hicks of St. Fran­cis school for her role in the play Us and Them.

Holy Redeemer also picked up the award for Best Set De­sign while troupe mem­ber Vic­to­ria Smith took home the award for Best Ac­tress in a Sup­port­ing Role.

The Best Use of Sound Award as well as the Best Cos­tume Award went to St. Anne’s Academy, Dunville for their play Robin Good and her Merry Hood or RobinHood while Bac­calieu Col­le­giate’s play Par­cel earned them the Best Back­stage Crew in a The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion Award as well as the Ad­ju­di­ca­tors’ Award.

Mean­while the Ju­nior Drama Troupe from Ron­calli High re­ceived the award for Best Mu­si­cal.

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

Use­ful skills

Berni Sta­ple­ton and Amy House, ad­ju­di­ca­tors for the fes­ti­val, com­mended the or­ga­niz­ers, stu­dents and coaches for all their ef­fort.

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