As­cen­sion headed to drama fes­ti­val

Car­bon­ear takes top play

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Mem­bers of the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate drama group are off to provin­cials.

This is af­ter the Bay Roberts-based group used the orig­i­nal play “Card­bored” to take the ad­ju­di­ca­tors award at the Western Avalon High School Drama Fes­ti­val at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Car­bon­ear ear­lier this month.

“It’s a big ac­com­plish­ment,” said teacher Marc War­ren. “It’s a good thing.”

The provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion is set for May 22-25 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

For As­cen­sion, the vic­tory means the first trip to the provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion in a decade. “It’s been awhile,” said War­ren. Co­in­ci­den­tally, War­ren was with the school the last time As­cen­sion made the trip to the high-level com­pe­ti­tion.

He chalked the vic­tory up to the strong theatre group cur­rently at the school.

“We’re not start­ing from scratch,” said War­ren.

Us­ing a play writ­ten by War­ren and Bran­don West called “Card­bored,” the group im­pressed the judges with the imag­i­na­tion be­hind the group of scenes.

It was born from the idea of a child get­ting an ex­pen­sive video game sys­tem and in­stead of play­ing with the sys­tem, the child will play with the card­board box.

The cre­ativ­ity that comes along with that is what the play tried to con­vey in the play. Stu­dent Martina Tay­lor wrote an orig­i­nal song for the fes­ti­val en­ti­tled “Es­cape.”

“It needs to strike a chord like any piece of art,” said War­ren.

For As­cen­sion, it did just that.

A slew of awards

Along with the ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s award, As­cen­sion also brought home a bas­ket­ful of other awards, in­clud­ing best use of light, best use of sound and best ac­tor.

The best ac­tor award went to Liam Daw­son. “He gets right into his part,” said War­ren. For the stu­dents, War­ren is ex­cited for them to get the ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing at the pres­ti­gious LSPU Hall.

Lo­cated just above Duck­worth Street in the cap­i­tal city, it is a theatre land­mark in the city. It is an in­ti­mate venue with the au­di­ence on top of the per­form­ers.

“With the his­tory be­hind it, it’s ex­cel­lent,” said War­ren.

The fol­low­ing is a com­pre­hen­sive break- down of the fes­ti­val re­sults:

Ju­nior awards:

• Best used of sound – Hardy Candy, Holy Redeemer;

• Best set de­sign – The ab­so­lutely in­sid­i­ous and ut­terly ter­ri­fy­ing truth about Cat Hair, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Ju­nior;

• Best cos­tume – 10 ways to sur­vive the zom­bie apoca­lypse, Car­bon­ear Academy;

• Best back­stage crew – Cin­derella and the sub­sti­tute fairy god­mother, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Ju­nior;

• Best en­sem­ble – Show and spell, Laval High School Ju­nior;

• Best ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role – Mitchell Peach, St. Fran­cis School;

• Best ac­tress in a sup­port­ing role – Mor­gan Shep­pard, Holy Redeemer;

• Best ac­tor – Robert Hicks, Car­bon­ear Academy;

• Best ac­tress – Mad­die Bald­win, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Ju­nior

• Ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s award – Ev­ery­thing but, Amal­ga­mated Academy;

• Best play – Once upon a play­ground, St. Fran­cis School;

Se­nior high awards:

• Best use of light – Card­bored, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate;

• Best use of sound – Card­bored, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate;

• Best set de­sign – Roomers, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best cos­tume – Roomers, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best back­stage crew – Find­ing love in the 21st century, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best en­sem­ble – Roomers, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role – Adam Slade, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best ac­tress in a sup­port­ing role – Tori Oliver, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Se­nior;

• Best ac­tor – Liam Daw­son, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate;

• Best ac­tress – Heidi Smith, Cres­cent Col­le­giate;

• Best orig­i­nal script – Lines, Cres­cent Col­le­giate;

• Ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s award – Card­bored, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate;

• Best play – Roomers, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate;

• Play to rep­re­sent west at provin­cials – Card­bored, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate.

• Best post- mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Shake­speare – Isaac Bon­is­teel, Cres­cent Col­le­giate;

• In­no­va­tion in writ­ing – Bran­don West, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate; Cres­cent Col­le­giate Drama Troupe;

• A clear ar­tic­u­la­tion of zom­bie-ness – Colin Ros­siter, Car­bon­ear Academy.

Mem­bers of the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate drama group are headed to provin­cials May 22-25 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s af­ter tak­ing home the ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s award dur­ing the Western Avalon High School Drama Fes­ti­val at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Car­bon­ear ear­lier last month. Mem­bers of the group are: front (l-r) — Kris­ten Peach, Jessie Fewer, Bran­don West, Martina Tay­lor and teacher Deb­bie Janes; back — Liam Daw­son, Erin Mackey, Emily Mercer, Sarah Power, Jessie Downey, Gavin Mercer, Han­nah Smith, di­rec­tor Marc War­ren, Colin Brown, Josh Bartlett and Macken­zie Collins.

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