Ten Nightmares Before Christmas

Mars is Heaven

by The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School

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The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School

Ten Nightmares Before Christmas  Radio Plays from The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thank you to Allam E.D. and Kevin Scott for the poster

Mars is Heaven

When the first spaceship from earth lands on Mars, what will we find? Will we find the ruins of a dead and deserted planet, or will there be life? Will humans be welcomed with open arms? Or will the Martians treat us as invaders? Find out in the frightening classic tale Mars is Heaven.

Sam A:  Captain
Connor B:
Announcer / Grandpa / Edward
Kaitlyn B:  
Dr. Horst / Grandma
Abby G:
Kingston / Masters / Mom
Jenna P:
Lustig / Girl
Olivia B:
Production Assistant

DIRECTED BY MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JUSTYN N.

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Cast
& Crew

Sam A

Sam A

Captain

Sam discovered his love for performing at a very young age. In the past, he’s been in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Anne of Green Gables (Gerry Buote), and Spring Awakening (Ensamble/Father Kaulbach). He has also participated in the Calgary Regional Speech and Debate Tournament at Central Memorial High School and the Speech Provincials Tournament at Sir Winston Churchill High School, both in the Duet Acting category. Outside of theatre, he completed four years in the Bands of Calgary and is part of the Central Memorial High School Performing and Visual Arts choir program. Sam is very passionate about the arts and plans to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of British Columbia or study Acting for Film & Television at the Vancouver Film School. Sam would like to thank his parents for always being supportive as well as Paul Mulloy, Kelly Goutsis, and Michelle Crimmins for always pushing him to do great things.
Connor B

Connor B

Announcer / Grandpa / Edward

Connor is an 11th grade student at Central Memorial High School. He is part of the performance and visual arts program, specifically theatre and orchestral strings. Music and performance have been a part of his life as long as he can remember, singing duets in the kitchen with his mother when they’d have people over. Three of his ideal professions once he graduates are to do voice acting, musical theatre, or composing. He owes his love of theatre and music to his mother, who has always supported his love of the arts and taught him to sing.
Kaitlyn B

Kaitlyn B

Dr. Horst / Grandma

Kaitlyn has been invested in musical theatre for most of her life. Her obsession started during a trip to New York where she saw her very first musical. Kaitlyn has been part of many productions such as Alberta Theatre projects The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Saint Basil’s Into the Woods, and Calgary Actors Studios The Greatest Showman. She has also worked on a lot of Shakespeare projects and thoroughly enjoys voice acting. Kaitlyn would like to personally thank her drama teachers at Central Memorial High School as well as her vocal coach Melanie Baux, and her acting coach Dan Libman. She would also like to thank her friends and family who have supported her throughout her acting career.
Abby G

Abby G

Kingston / Masters / Mom

Abby is an energetic and self-motivated artist, who has found joy in the performing arts throughout her life. She has been engaged in theatrical performances such as Alice in Wonderland (Alice), The Lion King (Sarabi), and 6 years of annual performances at the Jubilee Auditorium, all thanks to the support of her teachers and the compassion of her family members. Since the age of 11 Abby has been developing her guitar skills and showcasing this talent in front of peers, teachers, and family. Guitar has incorporated music and joy into Abby’s life while also giving her a unique vocal style, she wants to express her sincerest gratitude to her wonderful guitar teacher John McLean. Abby is extremely grateful for her teachers at Central Memorial high school, her supportive parents, and the PVA program; without whom she would not have the skills and knowledge she has today.
Jenna P

Jenna P

Lustig / Girl

Jenna is as excited as everyone else to be in another Central production. She has been involved in theatre for 8 years now. She was given the opportunity to sing, dance and act with the Youth Singers of Calgary on the Southern Alberta Jubilee stage. She is beyond grateful for the work she gets to do at Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts program. She is very happy to work with her cast and crew mates this year, stating that “it creates another family”. In her free time, she is preparing for her Broadway audition, playing improv games with friends, performing concerts in her bedroom, practicing ukulele, baking pies, helping as sound engineer for other products at school and doing physics homework. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Olivia B

Olivia B

Production Assistant

Olivia discovered the exciting but difficult world of technical theater in the sixth grade. She was too young to act at her school so she instead took the opportunity to partake in tech theater. She has done backstage work for shows such as Alice Through The Looking Glass and Beauty And The Beast. She now is a part of the technical theater class at Central Memorial high school where she is a (PA) production assistant. Olivia is also in love with acting. She has been a part of shows such as Beauty And The Beast (Silly Girl/Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) and 13 The Musical (Cassie). Olivia wants to thank her amazing teachers for supporting her passion for theater.

Directors

Lee Lancaster

Lee Lancaster

Director

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

Len Simon

Technical Director

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.

Elijah D.R.

Elijah D.R.

Assistant Director

Elijah is an avid theatre performer and artist. When he is not onstage he can be seen creating various art pieces, busy cooking in the kitchen, or travelling with his family. He is a student in The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School, where he studies Theatre Arts. His credits include: Anne of Green Gables (Central Memorial PVA); The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Alberta Theatre Projects); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); a member of Dirty Laundry: The Next Generation (Lunchbox Theatre); Alienated (St. Helena Junior High School); and several television series from the Philippines such as, 100 Days to Heaven and Wansapanatym (ABS-CBN). Elijah would like to give his endless appreciation to his parents, mentors, and friends for their time and immense support in helping him grow as an artist. 

Tech Crew

Sam A

Sam A

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.

Brock M

Brock M

Sound Engineer

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Hayden B

Hayden B

Production Assistant

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 F

Carl F

Sound Foley

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.

Brock M

Brock M

Sound Engineer

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Justyn N

Justyn N

Senior Production Assistant

Justyn is a Grade 12 student in the Theatre Arts PVA Program and Technical Theatre Program at Central Memorial High School. He worked as the Senior Production Assistant on all the Radio Theatre episodes this season. At Central, Justyn is also involved with the Vocal PVA Program and Concert Choir. Throughout his high school choral career, he has sung five different vocal parts. His technical credits include The Horse and His Boy (Assistant Stage Manager). His acting credits include Anne of Green Gables (Mr. Buote), Oliver! (Ensemble), and Into the Woods Jr. (Rapunzel’s Prince). 
Kate L

Kate L

Sound Foley

Kate first got into tech theatre after taking an elective in junior high, where they first learned about foley. After acting in a radio play the previous semester, Kate was excited to join tech theater in semester two. Kate took on the role of foley artist and is excited to see the radio plays come to fruition. Kate would like to thank their foley partner, Carl, and their parents for supporting them throughout the entire process.
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