Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Transcribed in 2009 by Kevin Rimney, originally produced by The Haunting Hour Radio Network, original air date also unknown.
The Great Marlow The Mental Marvel, who can read your thoughts and know your darkest desires, warns a young married woman that her husband intends to murder her. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust?
Margo CL: Helen, Audience Member
Es S: Marino, Paul
Mitch B: Jack, Audience Member
Alex L: Marlow, Doctor, Doorman
Kat L: Announcer, Marie, Mildred, Police Officer
Olivia B: 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!
Helen, Audience Member
Margarita C.L. has had a passion for acting from the young age of 9 years old when she was enrolled in a Theatre Calgary Camp. Since this experience she has been engulfed in acting and has participated in many different acting camps such as Pumphouse Theatre Spring and Summer Camps in Calgary and a summer Showcase Intensive in Washington DC. Margarita attended the Calgary Girls Charter school for six years and whilst there had the opportunity to participate in two musicals, Honk! Jr (Ensemble) and Dear Edwina (Vladimir). Margarita is thrilled to be continuing her education in Central Memorial High school’s Performing Visual Arts program, where she has performed The Horse and His Boy (Aravis). Margarita would like to thank her mother and father for allowing her to pursue her love for acting, as well as her aunt and grandmother for always attending her performances.
Es S. has been creating things since she could use tape, tinfoil, and marshmallows. When she was 7, she would cover herself in paint and put on performances for begrudging audiences of various family members, usually involving passionate singing of AC/DC. She would like to thank her mom and dad for being generally fabulous, and her friends for cheering her on. She loves movies with Winona Ryder, starburst candies, and over-dramatic glam rock bands. She is in grade 10 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School (which is really awesome, by the way). Her previous acting experience centred around improvisation at the Loose Moose Theatre Company, discovering the power of goofy accents. Her crowning achievement was playing the Spider Queen in her grade 5 school production. When she grows up she wants to be David Bowie.
Jack, Audience Member
Mitchell B. is currently a student in the Performing Arts Program at Central Memorial High School. His first performance was in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival at the age of five and he has been performing ever since. He studies voice, piano and guitar, dance and acting and has received several awards and scholarships from local, provincial and national competitions. He has had the opportunity to do productions with Storybook Theatre, Broadway Dreams, and The Young Canadians. Selected credits include: A Christmas Story (Ralphie), Matilda (Michael), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Children’s Chorus), Mary Poppins (Nelius) and Urban Jungle Book (Michael). The youngest of 5, Mitchell is following in his siblings footsteps in theatre and music. In his downtime he enjoys being with his friends and playing guitar! Huge thanks to all his amazing mentors and his family for their continued encouragement. Enjoy the show!
Marlow, Doctor, Doorman
Alexander L is a transgender man who found sanctuary in the arts at the tender age of eight, when he played “extra #4” in Killarney Montessori’s school musical. He has gone on to act throughout junior high, and is honoured to be training at the Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School. Despite his interest in singing and dancing, Alexander prefers conventional theatre or ironically enough “straight” plays. Alexander has had the honour of playing a wide variety of roles including The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Marr (Shakespeare’s Dog), and Elsa Wertman (Spoon River Anthologies). He has never been one to shoot for the lead, but rather the role that he thinks will challenge him the most. He hopes to go on to study both fine arts and political science in university. Alexander would like to thank his family, teachers, and most of all his peers for their never ending encouragement.
Announcer, Marie, Mildred, Police Officer
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