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Friday, May 7, 2010
Two comedies presented at dessert theatres highlighted drama productions at Ecole Secondaire Chapleau High School in 1986-87
Dessert theatres were an added highlight to the presentation of two dramatic comedies at Ecole Secondaire Chapleau High School during the 1986-87 school year.
In his review, George writes that Marcel Morin as Daniel Tennyson was "alternately irritatingly clever and pathetically inept" as he schemed and blundered his way to his final success." In the beginning he was a high school genius and social disaster.
Christopher Ivey, who played a bumbling industrialist gave an energetic impression in his role, while Cindy McLaren as the high school principal and Allison Berry as a teacher provided "alarmingly accurate impersonations of the real thing," George wrote, adding that it was also as though they had been preparing for the parts for years.
In the Fall of the year, the first dessert theatre was held at ESCHS when the students presented 'Three to get Married', a comedy set in Nova Scotia in 1835 centring around the scheming efforts of Rev. Horatio Dogberrry played by Christopher Ivey to marry off his three daughters. It is a delightful comedy and a play which I first directed for the Chapleau Little Theatre in 1969.
The daughters, Angelina, Seraphina and Dulcinea, played by Trudy Wilson, Anita Hoffren and Jennifer Swanson respectively, gave great performances, while their father "tricked" the unsuspecting arrivals at their church rectory doubling as an inn into marrying his daughters. The suitors to be and eventual husbands were played by Glen Pilon, Marcel Morin and Michel Sylvestre.
Members of a parent's committee helping with the dessert theatre included Joyce Vezina, Erma Stover, Sheila Wilson and Marian Pellow. Mrs. Joyal was in charge of makeup and costumes and Carolyn Hryhorchuk choreography. Michael Holgate, Michael Heintz and I directed the play.
George Evans, Rick Dell, Alex Babin and Jean Pierre Villeneuve of the teaching staff also assisted.
"I kinda of remember it as a 10 year old because it was a big thing back then and Mom was involved. If my memory serves me well the NEW High School on the hill had just been inaugurated a few years before."
Just a note on Jamie's message. His mother is Monique Thibault as many readers will know. Yes, I had to play Rev. Horatio Dogberry at the last moment when the person in the role was transferred and Robert Fife, then a CHS student, now Ottawa bureau chief for CTV News, also joined the cast when another actor became ill.
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