Ten Nightmares Before Christmas

The Veldt

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

Presented by

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

The Veldt

The Hadley family just purchased the most technologically superior home money can buy. It is a fully automated home, the house cooks for you, it cleans for you and comes equipped with a virtual reality nursery where you can live out every thought and fantasy. The parents soon become concerned that their children Wendy and Belle are spending far too much time in the nursery which is permanently transforming an African veldt. Will the nursery destroy them?

Morgan C:   Lydia
Carley F:  
Dr. McClean
Cedric F:  George
Elisabeth K:  Belle
Madison D:  Production Assistant
Sarah S:  Wendy

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

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Cast
& Crew

Morgan C

Morgan C

Lydia

Morgan has had a love for acting since her first experience on stage as the dog in The Snow Queen at Nickle Junior High School. She is very grateful for the program that she had at her junior highschool and the knowledge she gained from it. She went on to perform Seussified Romeo and Juliet (Marie Montague) and Les Miserables (Cosette and Eponine) at Nickle as well. While in junior high she discovered Quest theatre and attended their summer program for two years until discovering Calgary Actors Studio which she has been doing that ever since performing in shows such as Jitters (Natalie), Village of Idiots (Schmendela), Les Belles Soeurs (Rose Ouimet), and Museum (Maggie Snow, Barbra Castle, and May). She is currently attending Central Memorial High School in the Performing and Visual Arts Program and could not be more grateful for her experience and education she has gained from it. She is very thankful for all of her family and friends who have given their support since the beginning of her journey into acting.
Carley F

Carley F

Dr. McClean

Carley fell in love with acting when she was eight while participating in a play her class put on. She has since performed in a class play every year and has discovered she excels at and enjoys playing the “bad guy” most of all. Carley is very grateful for her Grade three teacher for getting her into acting, and the different directors she has had the pleasure of working with over the years. She would also like to thank her current teachers for helping her in voice acting and of course her friends and family for supporting her throughout her many acting endeavours.
Cedric F

Cedric F

George

Cedric discovered his love for acting at a young age when he started grade six at Calgary Arts Academy. He participated in the school’s productions where he found an interest in both acting and music, once graduated Cedric joined the PVA drama program. Cedric has been in multiple productions with PVA over the past years, some of his work includes Spoon River Anthology and Shakespeare’s Dog. Cedric is grateful for his education at Calgary Arts Academy and at Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Program. Cedric is extremely excited to participate in this year’s radio play. After graduating, Cedric looks forward to enrolling in an education program and becoming a teacher. Cedric would like to thank his friends and his family for showing their continued support in his acting endeavors.
Elisabeth K

Elisabeth K

Belle

Elisabeth was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta by her mother, Meg and father, Marcus. Elisabeth is currently a student at Central Memorial High School in Calgary, Alberta. Elisabeth’s love for theatre started at an early age, she first participated in choirs and fell in love with being on stage. She has acted in many amateur theatre productions put on by previous schools she attended. Her roles have varied between playing “Mr. Mayor” in Seussical the Musical, playing “Seaweed’s Gang” in Hairspray, playing “Mama Ogre” in Shrek the Musical and playing “Queen Susan” in The Horse and his Boy. Elisabeth has been a part of church choirs since she was 8 years old, she knows how to harmonize well with others and also sing solo; even knowing how to sing opera and acapella. Apart from choir, she has also received private voice lessons to help with range, projection, and breath work. She loves when her family gets the opportunity to watch her perform, especially since her father has been diagnosed as terminally ill. Theatre is very important to Elisabeth because she feels it allows her to convey a story to an audience, she loves evoking emotion out of others whether it’s joy or sorrow and believes the best thing an actor can do is to have an impact on someone; a change in how they view the world.
Sarah S

Sarah S

Wendy

Sarah, who plays Wendy in The Veldt, is a grade 11 student at Central Memorial High School. Sarah’s first performance was Fairy Tales which she played Prince Eric in grade seven at her junior high school, Willow Park. Since then Sarah has been emersed in the art of theatre and has done many more plays including Commedia Dell’arte (Isabella), Genres (Dorthy/Drama), The Village Of Idiots (Zelman), and The Laramie Project (Zubidia Ula, Romaine Patterson, Eileen Engen). Sarah would like to thank her parents for always supporting her journey through the arts and her junior high drama teacher Mr. Shank who was the one who encouraged and provided her with the opportunities of theatre.
Madison D

Madison D

Production Assistant

Madison is very excited as a grade 10 student to be a PA for the radio plays. She has had experience with Art and Music through being a part of the Youth Singers of Calgary, many music programs, and is also in the art PVA program here at Central Memorial. She is immensely happy to be a part of the PVA theatre and tech theatre program because she has always been interested in set design and directing. Madison is grateful for all the opportunities she is given at this school and through tech theatre to learn and participate in anything. She would like to thank her teachers Mr. Simon and Mr. Lancaster, and fellow tech crew for being so helpful, friendly, and supportive.

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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