Show #05: You Can’t Take It With You
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.