Ten Nightmares Before Christmas

Zero Hour

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

Zero Hour

 

It’s a game called “invasion”. In the future, young children will be persuaded to play a game called invasion led by a mysterious character named Drill. Adults are so busy they don’t even see it coming. With help from children like Mink the invasion will begin at zero hour!

When the invasion happens, we’ll have to get rid of you and Dad. But I’ll make sure it won’t hurt too much.” -Mink.


Quinn B:  
Mink
Gareth K:
Andy / Helen
Oli K:  
Announcer / Henry Morris
Erin S.K:
Mary Morris
Justyn N:
Production Assistant
Eva N:
Production Assistant

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

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Cast
& Crew

Quinn B

Quinn B

Mink

Quinn attended Calgary Arts Academy for nine years. Acting has been Quinn’s creative outlet for as long as she can remember followed closely only by dance. It was her first-grade experience that sparked her passion for acting and performing arts. Currently, Quinn is participating in Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Program as well as being an active member of The Performance Studio’s competitive dance team. She spent three years in the performer program at The Performance Studio, where she was a part of the musicals: Beauty and The Beast (Librarian), High School Musical (Ripper), Seussical Junior (Wickersham 3). Quinn has a particular affinity for improvisation as well as Shakespearean pieces but finds musicals to hold a special place in her heart. For her future after high school Quinn Hopes to pursue a career in film or theatre. Quinn would like to give a special thanks to all those who have been supporting and encouraging her dreams and is especially thankful to the multitude of artists she has had a chance to work with and learn from throughout her acting experiences.
Gareth K

Gareth K

Andy, Helen

Gareth is an actor currently training at Central Memorial in their PVA program. He did acting for the first time around the age of 4 or 5 when he attended homeschool classes focused around acting. He truly gained a love for acting around the age of 8 while doing the “Let’s Make a Play” program at StoryBook Theatre. He continued at StoryBook Theatre doing classes and eventually doing his first long performance at the age of 11 when he played the Dodo in Alice in Wonderland Jr. at StoryBook Theatre. He moved onto Calgary Actors’ Studio where he worked with Dan Libman. Gareth has now moved onto the next stage in his acting training, the PVA program at Central Memorial.
Olivia K

Olivia K

Announcer, Henry Morris

Olivia has been invested in theatre and performing art for a majority of her life. Ever since her first taste of theatre at 11, it has been a passion ever since. Olivia Khubyar has had the honour of being in shows: Oliver! The Musical (The Artful Dodger), Anne of Green Gables the Musical, (Tilly Boulter) and The Secret Garden (Dickon). Olivia has worked with Windmill Studios in production and has a history in costume technician skills. Olivia also has a background in voice acting, performing in the Ensemble of Cardfight! Vanguard with Bluewater studios. Olivia is proud to say she has been involved in the Performing Visual Arts program at Central Memorial Highschool. Olivia hopes to continue with voice and theatre acting into post-secondary, where she plans to study theatre and education. Olivia loves to act in anything, as long as there is minimal choreography as she describes herself as having two left feet. Olivia wants to thank her friends for always being there in the wings, cheering her on.
Erin S. K

Erin S. K

Mary Morris

Erin is a grade 11 Dual PVA student. Over the last year and years prior, Erin has accumulated a few roles in different plays and musicals through PVA, junior high, and outside of school projects. These roles included; Hwin, in A Horse and His Boy, Chef Ludmilla, in Dear Edwina, and Ida, in Honk. Along with acting, Erin was previously very involved in the Calgary Girls School Chamber and Concert Choir, as well as being put into the honor choir. She is also incredibly interested and invested in musical theatre, as they are a mixture of choral and acting which she has grown up around. Erin has passions for both performing and visual arts, participating in a visual arts PVA along with her theatre PVA, where she explores different mediums of traditional arts through different projects. She has a passion for the arts that she is pursuing to become a part of it as she grows into adulthood and into university. Along with this she also enjoys photography, baking, walks, reading and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movies.
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). 
Eva N

Eva N

Production Assistant

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.

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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