Drama troupe praised at provin­cials

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate per­formed award win­ning play in Cor­ner Brook May 9-11

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Stu­dents and teach­ers from 10 high schools across the prov­ince gath­ered at the Cor­ner Brook Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre for the an­nual Provin­cial Theatre Arts Fes­ti­val held May 9-11.

Teacher Anne Whe­lan of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate and her drama troupe earned the hon­our of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event af­ter they won best play at the Western Re­gional Drama Fes­ti­val held in Car­bon­ear this past March.

It is the third con­sec­u­tive year Whe­lan and the school took home the top hon­our.

El­iz­a­beth Hicks, a Grade 12 stu­dent and lead ac­tress in Car­bon­ear’s pro­duc­tion of “The In­san­ity of Mary Gi­rard,” at­tended the fes­ti­val.

“Get­ting the chance to per­form in the Cor­ner Brook Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre and check out the Gren­fell Cam­pus Fine Arts build­ing was a great op­por­tu­nity,” she said. “We were able to par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of work­shops, and en­joy plays from all over the prov­ince.”

Hicks took home the best ac­tress award dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary fes­ti­val, and was rec­og­nized again in Cor­ner Brook, along with three other mem­bers of her troupe.

“My­self, Bray­don Haynes, and Hai­ley Noel got awards of dis­tinc­tion for act­ing, and Erin Jones got an award of dis­tinc­tion for light­ing and sound,” she said. “Theatre is some­thing that I am very pas­sion­ate about so it felt great to be ac­knowl­edged at the provin­cial level.”

The school’s per­for­mance saw Hicks as Mary, a woman sent to an in­sane asy­lum by her hus­band. Her san­ity is left in the hands of the au­di­ence.

“We were praised at both the re­gional and provin­cial level for our pro­fes­sion­al­ism and en­sem­ble work,” Hicks said Provin­cial sup­port for the arts Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man at­tended the provin­cial fes­ti­val, and was im­pressed at this year’s in­volve­ment.

“The tal­ent and com­mit­ment dis­played by the stu­dents, teach­ers and vol­un­teers … was absolutely in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

Ev­ery year $50,000 is al­lot­ted for the provin­cial drama fes­ti­val by Cul­tural Con­nec­tions.

Cul­tural Con­nec­tions is a pro­gram cre­ated by the provin­cial govern­ment in 2005 to sup­port and en­hance arts pro­grams in schools. It has pro­vided over $17.4 mil­lion to date for mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, books, mu­sic fes­ti­vals, arts sup­plies and other art re­lated teach­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Jack­man an­nounced the prov­ince would con­tinue to sup­port this pro­gram, and those who ben­e­fit from it.

The Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate drama troupe per­formed their award win­ning play “The In­san­ity of Mary Gi­rard” at the provin­cial drama fes­ti­val in Cor­ner Brook May 9-11. Pic­tured in cos­tume are: front (l-r) — Alana Loveys, El­iz­a­beth Hicks and An­to­nia Whe­lan; sec­ond row — Claire Moore and Mor­gan Clarke; third row — Hai­ley Noel, Sa­man­tha Clark, Mike White, Anna Finn, and Erin Jones; back — Bray­don Haynes, Adam Slade, Ja­cob Elyk and Ge­orge Butt.

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