BCS play­ers present Whis­pers

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - By Gor­don Lam­bie

The BCS Play­ers’ Club at Bishop’s Col­lege School is right in the mid­dle of its most re­cent pro­duc­tion, this time tak­ing on Whis­pers by Ken­dra Thomas. Ac­cord­ing to BCS Drama teacher Mi­randa Mcgie, the story fo­cuses on a teenage girl who is grap­pling with the death of her fa­ther in Iraq, and deals with the idea of cop­ing with loss and how to move for­ward.

“I chose this play be­cause we of­ten don’t hear these sto­ries,” Mcgie said, not­ing that the strug­gle of chil­dren and teens who lose a par­ent to war are just as real, but less talked about in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety. The teacher de­scribed the pro­duc­tion, which opened in the school’s the­atre last night, as a min­i­mal­ist play driven by pow­er­ful mono­logues.

“It’s not a happy play,” said stu­dent ac­tor Priscilla Al­latt. Al­latt plays Kate, the teen at the cen­tre of Whis­pers’ story, and she shared that tak­ing on the role in­volves shoul­der­ing a big emo­tional bur­den. “She’s just lost her dad and is strug­gling with the feel­ing of hav­ing to let go,” she con­tin­ued. “When you lose some­one they’re al­ways go­ing to be gone and they’re never go­ing to come back.”

Al­latt, as Kate, spends the course of the play in the woods; a spe­cial place once shared with her fa­ther. While her best friend, Jamie, tries to con­sole her, Kate finds her­self and her thoughts sur­rounded by the whis­pered mem­oires of other “army brats” she has met and their dif­fi­cul­ties on over­com­ing a sim­i­lar loss.

Al­though the play is short, with a run time just over 30 min­utes, Al­latt and Mcgie said that brevity is not a sign that the show lacks depth.

The young ac­tors of the BCS play­ers will be tak­ing to the stage again tonight and to­mor­row night at 7:30 p.m. More in­for­ma­tion about the pro­duc­tion is avail­able by call­ing 819-566-0227.

COUR­TESY

Front Row: Ivan Sevostyanov (sit­ting on the tree stump), Ana Clau­dia O'reilly, Priscilla Al­latt, Vi­o­letta Zeitlinger Fon­tanaSec­ond Row: Caleb Aubut, Haroan (Alan) Yin, Zuzanna Skolimowska, Cala Tesolin, Ivan­nia Gomezgil Yaspik, Emma Hop­kins, Thuy Anh Doan, Luke Fe­dida, Maeave Ma­clach­lan

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