Ottawa Citizen

Show #05: You Can’t Take It With You

- St. Joseph · Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough · Saint Paul · Christina Milian · Austria · Wilfrid Laurier · Macbeth · Washington · Ottawa · Twitter · Mother Teresa

Where: St. Joseph Catholic High School Di­rec­tor: Sarah Jen­nings


Tay­lor Hutch­ings, Lead Critic Sa­cred Heart Catholic High School The char­ac­ter Martin Van­der­hof, bet­ter known as Grandpa, and played by Cameron Ford, was wise and philo­soph­i­cal. Ford por­trayed the grad­u­a­tion-lov­ing grand­fa­ther with ded­i­ca­tion. He was pre­cise and ar­tic­u­late when say­ing his lines and had great tim­ing.

Tier­ney Boyce, Critic St. Paul Catholic High School Essie (Terri Pim­blett) en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with her quirky per­son­al­ity and her spas­tic bal­let per­for­mances. Terri was com­pletely in char­ac­ter, whether she was leap­ing across the stage with con­fi­dence or lay­ing her head on Tony’s gor­geous shoul­der!

Amanda Re­side, Critic Al­monte and District High School Spe­cial ef­fects, par­tic­u­larly the fire­works, were very real­is­tic and never missed a cue.

Christina Lapointe Critic Holy Trin­ity Catholic High School Op­po­site Essie is her dear hus­band Ed Carmichael played by Matthew Cilib­erto, who com­manded at­ten­tion as he gig­gled his way through many clas­si­cal sym­phonies on a vin­tage xy­lo­phone.

About the re­views: The pro­duc­tion at St. Joseph Catholic High School was re­viewed by 36 crit­ics rep­re­sent­ing 10 schools. The critic dis­cus­sions were men­tored by teacher Sonya Schrum of Sir Wil­frid Lau­rier Sec­ondary School and stu­dent re­views were edited and se­lected for publi­ca­tion by teacher Su­san Gon­salves of Mother Teresa Catholic High School, who could see only the re­views, not the names or schools of the re­view­ers.

Next re­view: Holy Trin­ity Catholic High School’s pro­duc­tion of Macbeth.

About the Cap­pies The Cit­i­zen and 25 high schools are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Cap­pies, a Washington, D.C.-based pro­gram that uses high school crit­ics to re­view high school the­atre. The pro­gram is a unique part­ner­ship be­tween the Cit­i­zen, the Ot­tawaCar­leton District School Board and the Ot­tawa Catholic School Board. Four schools from other boards in the re­gion and four pri­vate schools have also joined. The four win­ners of the lead act­ing cat­e­gories will re­ceive a bur­sary pro­vided by the na­tional law firm Gowl­ing Lafleur Hen­der­son LLP. Fol­low the Cap­pies on Twit­ter @Ot­tawaCap­pies.

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