Radio Theatre Take 2
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thanks to our photographers Jasmine Paige G and Erin S-K
New York City, Broadway. The year is 2103, Elwood Caswell is a local JetBus driver with a certain homicidal desire. After seeking help at a Home Therapy Appliance store, a mix-up with a Martian model complicates his road to cure. Does Elwood Caswell ever find the cure for his “tendencies?” Or will he enact this sinister desire for murder?
Ayson N: Follansby / Magnussen
Caidie S: Gloop / Mechanical Therapist
Callum H: Marty Klein / John Rath
David A: Elwood Caswell
Ray G: Narrator / Haskins
DIRECTED BY: LANCASTER/CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ELIJAH D.R.
SOUND ENGINEERS: BROCK M, CAM M
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JENNA P.
SOUND FOLEY: ZETH W.
Thanks in advance for paying what you can to help offset the expenses of our radio plays!
Follansby and Magnessen
Alyson Nabozniak has only worked in theatre through school. She has been in five productions in total, up to this point. She credits her love of acting to the drama class at Sir John A. Macdonald junior high school, and the teacher, Mr. Lancaster. At Alyson’s junior high she also won the top student award for the drama option class in grade 7 and 8. She says that in grade 7 and 8 the production casts were really able to connect when they attended DramaFest in the spring.
Gloop / mechanical therapist
Caidie Squires first discovered her love of acting when she was 5 years old. First starting with her love of singing in many performances in school and with the Calgary Girls Choir , with whom she still belongs. Caidie often stood out for her expressive face and booming projection. Musicals were always her favourite since they combined two of her biggest passions, music and drama. She had fun experiences going to Quest summer theatre camp and the occasional school performances, but attending Calgary Arts Academy is when she was exposed to 3 years of full productions. Her performances were. Something Germy This Way Comes sadly being cast with one line (angry mob), Star Wars Shakespeare (C3PO, Mase Windo) then she directed for her grade 9 year, Winter Showcase (Nord Viking, magicians assistant), Vertigo (Maxine Tupper, Scarlett Anderson, Leandro da Vinci, camp kid). One of her performances of which she is most proud was at Vertigo theatre in the production le mirage. The role most true to her heart being Maxine Tupper, a woman working in a bomb factory in World War II and losing her husband in battle. She fondly remembers performing the song “I’ll be seeing you” truly reaching the hearts of everyone in the audience.
Caidie has many pathways she is interested in pursuing, from going to Juilliard to study theatre or pursuing Opera, perhaps performing in Venice some day. She would like to thank her junior high teacher Mrs. Strilchuk for telling Caidie to always take risks and for giving her the most amazing production of her life thus far and to thank her mom for always being there for every practice and performance and being the only opinion that ever really mattered.
Marty Klein, John Rath
Callum is a Grade 10 student enrolled in Central Memorial High School’s Theatre Arts PVA Program. He has always had a passion for the theatre arts, putting on shows in his family’s backyard with nothing more than a table and a clothesline. Drama has always been a form of escape for Callum as he finds performing exhilarating and a feeling you can’t feel anywhere else. During his time at Central, Callum has performed in productions such as The Laramie Project, and Contractions and Callum is excited to debut his skills to the audience of Central Memorial High School and cannot wait for you to experience Bad Medicine.
David discovered his love for acting at the age of 9 years old when he auditioned for his school musical Aladdin. From that point onward David’s love for the theatre has been growing ever still. David enjoys the comedic side of things and can get laughs from almost any character, like when he was in the Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), The Horse and His Boy (Hermit), and Beauty and The Beast (Cogsworth). David is fortunate enough to go to school at Central Memorial and attend their Performing Visual Arts program (PVA). He has also been able to learn Tech Theatre through his time in PVA. David is also a person who enjoys being active. He was on the Central Memorial swim team and feels acting is another fun way for him to keep active. He is very grateful to his parents for all of the support in taking him to and fro during the rehearsal process and still showing up to the shows.
Ray is grateful for the knowledge for both acting and tech from Calgary Arts Academy, Vincent Massey Junior High and Central Memorial High School’s Performing Visual Arts Program. Ray is so thankful for all the support they have been given from their friends, family and peers.
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!
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.
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.
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 Muncks’ interest in sound design and sound engineering began when he saw the movie Munich By Steven Spielberg. Since then the has realized the importance that sound plays in the viewing experience of movies and other media. This has been Brock's first experience as a sound engineer and he has also begun to familiarize himself with the editing process. Mr. Simon has been an incredible and thoughtful mentor through Brock’s learning curve. Brock’s hope for the future is to gain an internship at the Bioware game studio in Edmonton. Brock would like to thank his parents for making it possible to attend Central Memorial High School and attend the PVA program.
Cam is a Sound engineer for this semesters radio plays he was previously apart of the backstage crew for Suessical and is enjoying learning the differences between radio plays and regular plays.
Jenna P has been involved in tech theatre for two years now. She enjoys learning new things and singing in the shower. You can usually find her writing, doodling or experimenting with sound boards.