Ten Nightmares Before Christmas
The Whole Town is Sleeping
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
The Whole Town is Sleeping
Written by Ray Bradbury, originally produced by Suspense! Radio Network, and first aired June 14, 1955
A warm summer night in a small town in Illinois county. A serial killer is on the loose and looking for beautiful things to claim as his own. Lavinia Nebbs doesn’t let fear get in the way of walking home from the cinema one night, but will she regret it?
Trinity C: Lavinia
Butch B: Detective, 2nd Announcer
Jade S: Helen, Ms. Hanlon
Josh M: Druggist, The Lonely One, Narrator
Saskia P: Francine
DIRECTED BY MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JUSTYN N.
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Detective, 2nd Announcer
Helen, Ms. Hanlon
Jade S. is currently enrolled in Central Memorial’s performing and visual arts program for the theatrical arts. She has also performed at the Jubilee auditorium, Vertigo Theatre, lunch box theatre and the Central Calgary public library’s theatre. Jade is currently a part of Calgary’s completely live, completely improvised soap opera, Dirty Laundry. Her mom and sister have been very supportive and encouraging, and have been a big part of her finding her love for theatre. Jade had the incredible opportunity to be a part of her previous school’s rock band, she played the ukulele, guitar and sang. Prior to this she worked with Patty Shortreed, a private vocal coach. Jade had a wonderful time at Theatre Alberta’s 2019 Artstrek, where they studied the musical Les Miserables.
Druggist, The Lonely One, Narrator
Josh M. started acting when he was in Grade 7. He performed as Antonio in a performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and that’s where he was first exposed to the life of theatre. After working with the Calgary Arts Summer School Association (CASSA) and performing in a few of their musical productions, Josh had realized that acting was a big part of his life. He excels at singing and voice acting, which lets him easily fit into the roles of the radio genre. Josh decided to come to Central Memorial High School, where he could further study in the theatre arts. He had performed in Central’s interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute). Josh often prefers comedic stories, but enjoys the occasional dramatic or tragic piece. He is very thankful for all the support he’s been given and for being let into the Performing Visual Arts program; it’s helped him build his confidence and improve his skills quite a lot.
Saskia P. has loved acting since the first time she tried out for a play when she was in grade 1. She is currently a grade 10 student in the Drama department of the Visual and Performing Arts program at Central Memorial High School. Saskia has participated in drama productions throughout elementary school and junior high. As well, every summer since she was 9 she has participated in a program called CASSA. In this program, the participants put on a full-on musical with memorized songs, dances, and lines in 6 days. Saskia also enjoys taking on roles off-stage. When she was in grade 7 she took on the role as head of backstage and was the directors right-hand lady. Her top 3 favorite plays she has done are “Shuddersome, Tales of Poe,” where she played a fancy 19th century lady who was in fact dead,” You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Werewolf,” where she played a sassy teen, and “Oz, The Musical,” her first ever play, where she played a Munchkin. She would like to give thanks to her parents for always supporting her with her acting and helping her with her lines, her middle school drama teachers for giving her a great opportunity to expand her skills, and her friends who helped her develop new skills.
Eva is enjoying the new opportunity to be a part of a technical team in her role as Production Assistant in The Whole Town’s Sleeping and Zero Hour Radio Plays. She has previously acted in the roles of Leigh Fondakowski and Matt Mickelson in The Laramie Project production with the Performing and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School. Eva has also completed four additional years of training in the Calgary Girls Charter School Drama Program where she explored playwriting, improvisation, monologue writing, short film, and more. Eva has excelled in her new role as PA due to hard work and dedication. She continues to broaden her theatre experiences in the Performance and Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School. Eva is grateful for the overwhelming support she has been given by her family, peers, and most importantly for the guidance and instruction, she has received from her incredible teachers along the way. Eva is thankful for the opportunity to explore new roles and is looking forward to the premiere releases in December.
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