Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Written by John Dickson Carr, originally produced by Suspense! Radio Network, and first aired March 13, 1943
A newlywed couple boards a great ocean liner for their honeymoon. After the groom mysteriously disappears on board, the bride is interrogated by the ship’s staff and doctor in an effort to uncover the truth.
Aiden L: Ricky Brewster
Andie M: Doctor Heinrich
Autumn B: Anne Brewster
Cgln DC: Ms. Marshall / The Man in Black
Adele G: Stewardess / 1st Man
M M.: Production Assistant
DIRECTED BY MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JUSTYN N.
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Andie M. started acting when she was 15 and has loved it ever since. She has performed in dark pieces such as Boys, Girls, and Animals as A, and in comedic roles at Workshop Theatre in The Kids Cushion Cabaret: Stocking Stuffer Stories, in roles such as the bratty princess, and a yeti. She also has stage-managed and done technical theatre in shows such as Among Friends and Clutter, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Andie has trained with Pumphouse Theatre, New York Film Academy and Tara Laberge’s singing studio. She is grateful to be at Central Memorial’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts program for her final year of high school. She would like to thank her parents for driving her to rehearsals and being in the audience of every show she’s performed in.
Autumn B. is a 17 year old student from Calgary, Alberta. She began taking improv classes when she was 13, and quickly fell in love with the energetic fear induced by the form. She is currently studying grade 12 and receiving training from the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School, where she has most recently played the role of Joan Shakespeare in the play Shakespeare’s Dog. She has received improv training from Pumphouse Theatre, and participated in an episode of an improvised soap opera with Dirty Laundry. Outside of acting, Autumn is a high level softball player. She would like to express her gratitude to her teachers, coaches, and parents for their endless support and patience, as well as recognize her dog, Arthur, simply for being the best boy ever.
Ms. Marshall / The Man In Black
Cgln D.C. discovered her love for acting at the young age of nine when she joined the performance company, NE PACIFIC 3D THEATRE, where she took part in her first ever play. Her first ever performance has impacted her interest in acting for she became more and more interested in the arts and performance ever since. Three of her most recent work includes The Horse and His Boy (Lasaraleen), The Laramie Project (Matt Galloway), Cabin B-13 (The Man In Black & Ms. Marshall). Cgln is very grateful to have the opportunity to join the Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School. She plans to travel the world in the future, she has been to twelve countries so far and plans to travel to different countries over the next few years. Cgln thanks her parents for always supporting her when it comes to pursuing her dreams.
Richard Brewster / Captain Wainwright
Aiden L. is a grade 11 student at Central Memorial high school and is excited to share this year’s production with you in a new and fun way during these crazy Covid times. Aiden has been extensively involved in the Calgary theatre community for over 10 years and has performed with companies including TheatreWorks, Dirty Laundry, and CYPT. In Aiden’s 16 years of life, he has had the opportunity to perform in over 10 professional productions as well as directed two shows, one of which for CYPT’s annual Cannonball Festival. Aiden is grateful for everything he’s learned throughout the process of creating this radio play. Without further ado, join him on this thrilling ride through Cabin B-13.
Stewardess / 1st Man
Adele G. is a student that has achieved multiple musical benefits and hopes to gain more experience as she grows to be an independent theatre actress. In her grade nine year, she participated in a late fall musical production called ‘Bubba The Cowboy Prince’ in Willow Park Art-Centered Learning. Through this musical, she had acted as one of the step brothers, Dwayne and a side character named Ms. Figureen. Although Adele hasn’t gained much theatre experience, she has done singing and piano for multiple years, which has led her to participate in Royal Music Conservatory exams and a NATS competition. By these experiences, it has allowed her to receive multiple music awards, such as achieving First Class Honours certificates. Currently, Adele has been studying in Central Memorial High School through The Centre of Performing and Visual Arts. By this program, she has been able to perform in a play titled The Laramie Project as Andy Paris and the Mormon Home Teacher. She has also participated in a fall radio play production called ‘Cabin B-13’ as the Stewardess. Ever since Adele was younger, she has been able to partake in hobbies that are not related to theatre such as entertainment that reflects towards visual arts, drawing and painting. She has also done songwriting for a year and used to participate in competitive swimming competitions and has done dance with types such as jazz, hip hop and ballet. Adele has such a big passion towards the theatrical and musical arts and hopes to receive a lot of knowledge and experience through these dreams that she desires.
Michelle Crimmins graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and began her teaching career outside of the public school system as an Instructor and Studio Coordinator for The Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio and for Central Memorial’s PVA Theatre Arts Program as a guest artist. She later pursued her Bachelor of Education at the University of New Brunswick before heading overseas to teach in Beijing, China. Upon returning to hometown Calgary, Michelle further developed her instruction skills through teaching for Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Recently, Michelle returned to leading the Teen classes at the Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio. Teaching at Central gives her great joy and purpose and she considers PVA her “second family.”
Len Simon is extremely excited to be the Technical Director for these Radio Plays with the PVA Program at Central Memorial High School. These plays have added a fun new twist to the technical demands of the Technical Theatre Program at CMHS. Our student technicians have fully embraced their new roles and accepted the challenges of creating stimulating aural experiences for our audience members. Len is grateful to once again work with these talented students of the PVA Theatre Arts Programs, our amazing Guest Artist Christian Goutsis, and exceptional colleagues Michelle Crimmins and Lee Lancaster, to take on the new challenges that these play have brought. Len hopes that you enjoy listening to these plays as much as he has enjoyed helping to bring the technical elements together to make them happen.
This is Morgan’s first assistant directing experience at Central Memorial High School. She is beyond excited to share the radio plays everyone has been working so hard on for the past couple months. She has learned so much in the process and is so grateful she got the opportunity to help Michelle Crimmins and Christian Goutsis put together these shows. This has been a weird, new and exciting process and she hopes you enjoy the outcome as much as she does! Enjoy the shows!
Senior Production Assistant
Over the past three years, Sam has worked in Central Memorial’s Oliver (Run Crew), Shakespeare’s Dog (Usher), The Vengeful Corpse Radio Play (Production Assistant and Editor), Mars is Heaven Radio Play (Editor), and The Veldt Radio Play (Foley Artist). He has also helped at various events around Central Memorial such as Dance Central and pep rallies. Outside of tech, Sam is heavily involved in theatre and acting and has been accepted into the Acting for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School starting October of 2021. He would like to thank Mr.Simon for teaching Sam everything he knows about tech.
Hayden is production assistant for Requiem - Dimension X as his first step into drama, he wanted to join theatre after attending his sister Alison's performance at Henry Wisewood High School. The play Alison's drama class put on was enthralling – the sound design a particular interest to little Hayden. He sends thanks to his sister for introducing him to the wonderful world of drama, and to Central Memorial Highschool, for making the pursuit of visual arts and drama possible.
Carl Favell realized she enjoys the technical side of theatre when she was eleven after assisting a teacher with the lighting and set design of a play. She started working on other plays throughout junior high, so she was very excited to learn that there was a Tech Theatre class she could join when she transitioned from middle school to high school at Central Memorial High School. She took on the role of Foley Artist, both this semester and last semester. Carley would like to thank her teacher Mr. Simon for helping her learn more about the technical side of theatre and her Grade six teacher for getting her interested in tech in the first place.
Senior Production Assistant