Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Dead Laugh
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
The Dead Laugh
Unknown Author, originally produced by Inner Sanctum Radio Network, and first aired September 26, 1946
This story is a triangle tale concerning a man, a woman, and a murderer. When a powerful Judge sentences a criminal to death, a ghostly twist arises to haunt him in the end.
Mikaela F: Laura Thornton
Abby N: Spenser, Doctor Fletcher
Jo C: Margaret Cummings
Anton M: Judge Thornton
Nikita S: Announcer, Police Officer
Justyn N: 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!
Mikaela F. has always had an interest in the arts. Not only has she been drawn to performing and acting since childhood, but also other creative mediums such as painting, singing, and writing. She is so thankful to be part of a theatrical production this year (even if it’s not a live performance right in front of an audience), especially with the many safety restrictions in place. With most of her past work being comedic plays that convey emotion mostly through exaggerated actions and expressions, portraying a serious character in a mystery radio play has been an exciting challenge and a fun learning experience. Mikaela is so proud to be part of the PVA program at Central Memorial High School, and has already made significant improvement in her skills nearly halfway through 11th grade. She hopes to continue pursuing the arts even after she graduates and would like to thank all of her teachers for supporting her despite her attempts to juggle all of her interests alongside her education.
Spenser, Doctor Fletcher
Abby N. is in her final year at Central, and she is very excited to share this new show with you all! She has performed 2 musicals here, including her role as Donna in Mamma Mia! (2018), and her role as Maisie in Suessical the Musical (2019). Doing a radio play was a big change for her and her fellow castmates, but doing it has also given her a different, exciting experience, and a new opportunity that has taught her much about her field. Abby would like to thank her family and friends for being super cool, and her drama teachers for taking a crummy situation and turning it into something interesting and fun. She can’t wait to show you all the hard work that her and her group have put into this show, and she hopes you all enjoy this twisting, murderous tale.
Jolie C. has been performing in school plays and musicals since 2013, and has since worked with CYPT, Loose Moose theatre, and acted in 2 productions in Central’s PVA program. Jolie has had the opportunity to work with amazing guest teachers and directors during her time at central, in Midsummer’s Night Dream, Seussical the Musical, and tech for Mamma Mia. She is super grateful for her education in the arts so far and can’t wait to use the skills she has acquired from all her hard work in PVA to post secondary theater education and her future career in the arts. Jolie would like to thank her peers and teachers for creating a safe environment to further her passion for theatre.
Judge Thornton, Announcer, Police Officer
Anton M. is in his junior year at Central Memorial High School and is exhilarated to bring something new to everyone’s ears. Anton has been heavily involved in the Calgary theatre scene for over 12 years, working with companies such as Chasi, CYPT, and Black Radish Theatre. In Anton’s short life thus far, he has taken part in over two dozen professional productions and is proud to be directing his co-written show in the 2021 Cannonball Festival. In the strange times of COVID, Anton has learned so much from the magical world of radio theatre and is beyond excited to present to you this chilling blast from the past, “The Dead Laugh.”
Announcer, Police Officer
Nikita S. is in her freshman year at Central Memorial High School. She is fifteen years old and is an aspiring actor. Nikita’s hobbies are badminton & art, and also plays piano and is interested in fashion. Nikita is wide eyed and bushy tailed to be in this year’s Fall production at Central Memorial High School. She is filled with excitement to realise her part of her group’s adaptation of the radio drama The Dead Laugh. Enjoy!
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).
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