BCS players present Whispers
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.
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