Drama troupe praised at provincials
Carbonear Collegiate performed award winning play in Corner Brook May 9-11
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.