Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Vengeful Corpse
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
The Vengeful Corpse
Unknown Author, originally produced by Inner Sanctum Radio Network, and first aired September 12, 1949
Living on the edge of a cemetery can make what is unseen seen, especially when it comes to getting to know your ancestors and the stories they carry with them from one life into the next.
Leslie B: Sarah, Hester
Lauren J: Griffin, Doctor Norton
Grady G: Paul
George P: Raymond (Narrator)
Kate L: Judge Foster, Sherriff
Sam A: 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!
Leslie B. first became passionate about acting at the age of eleven, when she joined her first school musical Annie (Molly) at the Calgary Girls School. As her passion grew, she decided to seek representation for the Film and Television industry. Leslie spent years training and auditioning for Film and TV before she booked her first role in a feature film Root of the Problem (Kari) which gained her enough credits to become a full ACTRA union member. In each experience that Leslie has been given, both on stage and behind a camera, she has felt extremely grateful to be able to do what she loves, around people who also share the same passion. Her time at Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Program has helped her advance her skills in dancing and singing in the shows Mama Mia! (Sophie) and Seussical (JoJo). She has also had the opportunity to work in programs offered by CGTV, Calgary Actors Studio, Company of Rogues and most recently, personal lessons from ABC casting director, Mark Teschner. Leslie is beyond grateful for the opportunities she has been given in her career and would like to sincerely thank her teachers and mentors for all of their wisdom and support. Leslie cannot wait to continue to learn and grow in the film industry, and in her musical theatre performances in the future.
Griffin, Doctor Norton
Lauren J. discovered her passion for acting at the young age of 10, where she was welcomed into her first drama class in Junior High. Ever since enrolling in drama, she has participated in yearly productions, Master of Ceremonies, and collaborative theatrical experiences, where she gets to express her expertise in the arts. Lauren drifts towards a comedic acting style and loves to express her true emotions on stage. Some of her work includes Hamlet (Gertrude), The Horse And His Boy (Aravis), The Laramie Project (Marge Murray, Kerry Drake, and Aarron Mckinney), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream where she was given the opportunity to manage the makeup and hair department. Lauren is studying playwriting at Alberta Theatre Projects, where she is given the opportunity to expand her knowledge and gain experience before moving on to study Theatre in a post-secondary program. Lauren is forever grateful for her opportunity and education at Central Memorial High Schools Performing And Visual Arts Program, where she acquires supportive and loving relationships with both instructors and peers. She would like to thank her friends and family for always supporting her in her acting career, as well as her director Michelle Crimmins for being such an inspiration and pushing her to do her best everyday.
Grady G. discovered his love for acting during a Quest Theatre program in 2013. Quest Theatre then recommended Grady try out for Calgary Young People’s Theatre, where Grady has performed in over 13 productions since. Grady has always enjoyed the spotlight, so theatre was the perfect fit for him. In those 7 years, Grady has performed in productions such as Peter Pan (John), Unity 1918 (Michael), Richard III (Prince Edward), and Shakespeare’s Dog (Black Shag) to name a few highlights. Grady is currently studying with the Central Memorial High School Performing and Visual Arts program, where he will graduate in 2021 (and once he does graduate, he will miss it dearly). Previously, Grady also had the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Artist Summer Intensive with 6 Degrees, run by Christian Goutsis, Chantal Perron, Haysam Kadri, and others. Grady would like to graciously thank his parents for all the rides, meals, and acting tips.
George P. first found their love for acting at the age of five, when they joined a youth theatre company to get out of their parents’ hair. In a performance created by the children themselves, they found a passion they really couldn’t let go of, and has been on the stage as often as they can ever since. George is lucky to have gone to multiple schools that favour the performing arts so much, giving them many opportunities to improve and showcase their skills and love for the performing arts. George often finds themselves gravitating towards the darker side of theatre, and the characters they can play with strong motivations and personalities. They have been in multiple student produced shows over the years, including Calgary Arts Academy’s Le Mirage, where they played the gruff and secretive Evelynn, as well as the blunt and hot tempered Angelica Wolf. As well as the extensive education in theatre they’ve received from Calgary Arts Academy, and Central Memorial, George has just as much passion for dance, and has participated in Central Memorials General Dance program for two years now. George’s biggest thanks goes to their parents, who’ve supported them every step of the way, and their teachers, who continually push them to be the best they can.
Judge Foster, Sherriff
Kate L’s love of acting first started when she and her sister would make IMovie trailers in their basement. She became fond of the spotlight immediately, and loves being the center of attention among her peers. Her experience in the performing arts stems from her performances in school plays and musicals, such as The Urban Junglebook (Berdine/Baloo) and The Laramie Project (Newsperson 3/Rulon Stacey). Kate gained experience working with companies such as Storybook Theater. Every performance whether it is singing in the shower or performing on-stage enriches her love of musical theater. Kate is very excited to continue her education at Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Program. Kate is very grateful for her family, who introduced her to the arts and supports her and her pursuit of acting.
Over the past three years, Sam has worked in the following Central Memorial Theatre Arts’ productions: Oliver (Running Crew), Shakespeare’s Dog (Usher), and The Vengeful Corpse Radio Play (Production Assistant). He has also assisted at various events around Central Memorial such as Dance Central and various pep rallies. Outside of tech, Sam is heavily involved in theatre and plans on earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of British Columbia or studying Acting for Film & Television at the Vancouver Film School. He would like to thank Mr. Simon for teaching Sam everything he knows about tech.
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