Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
This is the story of a last voyage in a spaceship and the four people who took it. In outer space, millions of miles away from earth a spacecraft collides with a massive meteor cutting the spaceship up the side like a giant can opener. The last remaining crew are thrown into the abyss of outer space, floating with only communicators to link them in their final moments.
“…hurtling in space in every direction. And now, there were only voices. All kinds of voices, disembodied and impassioned, in varying degrees of terror and resignation. All moving away from one another.”
Alyssa B: Captain
Neil P: Stone
Lennon P: Applegate
Abby Q: Hollis
M.M: Production Assistant
DIRECTED BY MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JUSTYN N.
Thanks in advance for paying what you can to help offset the expenses of our radio plays!
Lee Lancaster comes to Central Memorial with 14 years as a drama teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, most notably facilitating the drama programs at Sir John A. Macdonald School and William Aberhart School. A veteran writer, director, and performer with extensive experience with the Loose Moose Theatre Company, Lee specializes in spontaneous improvisation and collective creation. He has written and produced a variety of original productions over the years including The Children of Hillside, Competition Smile and most recently The Hippocratic Oath. Lee is enthusiastic about exploring acting techniques as a device to help students learn about themselves, others, and the world of theatre. He has a passion for the arts in education and values collaboration, teamwork, and unique approaches to inspiring students to be their best!
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.
Maddie Arnason is immensely thankful to the entire fall production team for an amazing experience as Assistant Director. She is incredibly grateful to Mr. Lancaster for giving her the opportunity to explore another aspect of theatre, an art she hopes to continue working in.
Maddie is also thankful for the talented actors in the radio plays, for allowing her to try her hand in a directing role. This fall has been a very positive experience for Maddie and she looks forward to performing in her own radio play in the spring. She would also like to thank her family, especially her brother for staying after school almost everyday and waiting for her to finish rehearsal. Maddie would like to offer a final thank you to the audience, for supporting the arts in these unprecedented times. Enjoy the show!!
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