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Providence Theatre brings drama to high school classrooms
2014-03-24

The Providence Theatre department's touring ensemble, ProvPlayers, has completed their annual tour to local high schools. During their week-long tour, the team performed at 6 high schools for a total of approximately 710 high school students. Their upcoming final performance is open to the public and takes place Sunday, March 30, 7:00 pm in the Providence R.W. Affleck Chapel.

The group of four student actors, directed by Providence alumna Kelly House, perform short plays that have a range of styles and themes.

“We do our best to present material that will be interesting and relevant to teenage audiences,” says House. “For example, one of our comedies is about a first date, and another deals with school work – situations teens can relate to.”

ProvPlayers takes their repertoire of plays into classrooms so that students can experience theatre and discuss the material with the actors afterwards. This enables teachers to explore play structure, thematic material, and the rehearsal process very practically in dialogue with students and performers.

Deanna Wiebe, teacher at Niverville Collegiate Institute, says that she appreciates the opportunity to have ProvPlayers participate in her classes: “Thanks to your team for performing for my sleepy Period 1 Grade 12 students. They really enjoyed it. It’s always fun to have you come out and show our kids live theatre.”

The team also performed as part of the Southeastern Manitoba Festival, winning a medal for their performance of Because I Wanted to Say by Sean O’Donnell.

“The play is a really moving exploration of grief,” says Shevaun Fortune, who plays the role of Ann. “Ann is a young woman whose best friend has died, and she needs to have a chance to say goodbye to him.” The piece uses dance to explore the joy of friendship and the pain of loss.

If you have not had an opportunity to see this talented group of actors, come experience their full repertoire this Sunday (March 30) at 7:00 pm. The performance is free and open to the public.

 
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