Drama

Studio 119 – An Evening with Sherlock Holmes

Studio 119 is the name of our extracurricular drama club. Our first production of the year was An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, a fabulous evening of two one-act plays. Abby Weber, a former Stratford Central student, wrote and directed The Boy Before the Hat, the story of the motivating incident that created Sherlock Holmes. Mrs. Niescier directed The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, a web of conspiracy surrounding a governess in an isolated country house. The production took place on November 6, 7, & 8th.
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Famous Five Reading at the Festival

COMMEMORATING THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE FAMOUS FIVE At A PINK TEA PERFORMANCE AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL

Sydnee Koebel, Brooklyn Good, Caleigh Glenfield, Bay Storey and Lily Webster participated in a reading at the Stratford Festival for the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). The reading of the “Five Persons” play by Shirley Farlinger commemorates the contribution of Canada’s Famous Five: Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy and Irene Parlby at a pink tea party in Calgary in the 1920’s. Pink tea parties were devised so women could discuss suffrage and other important issues without their opponents finding out. The Famous Five advocated for women and children. They also fought and won to have women legally viewed as ‘persons’ under the law.
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Tales from the Trash Heap

A PLAY ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION: A COLLECTIVE CREATION BY THE GRADE NINE DRAMA CLASS
THE BIG QUESTIONS: Can theatre change the way people think and feel? What role can theatre have in changing people’s lives? Is there something we can do to promote Greta Thunberg’s ideas of environmental activism? Can we inform a primary school audience about the need to recycle? Can we create a change of thinking within our own school? How does environmental activism relate to our larger theme of ensemble?
COLLECTIVE CREATION: This semester Mr. Linley’s grade nine drama class is creating a collective creation around the need to reduce our waste and to recycle. Working with guest artist instructor Michelle Jamieson from Off the Wall Artists Alliance, students are doing research, creating shadow puppets, building set pieces and costumes, and producing a show about the perils of waste. The students are planning to perform the show for a primary school audience in January as part of their summative mark. Along with having some fun, the overall goal of the show is to work as an ensemble, to learn about the process of creating an original work, and to promote environmental activism.
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