Radio Theatre Take 2
Death of a Doll
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thanks to our photographers Jasmine Paige G and Erin S-K
Death of a Doll
All Willie Harper wanted was something good to write about for his first story with the newspaper. But now he has a doll under his arm and the devil on his heels, will he be able to escape the fate Kara Nana has in store for him or will the hollow cries of a doll be the last thing he hears?
Brett D: Beau Daible
Mia V: Host / Ms. McGrundy / clerk
Hailey P: Inspector McShea
Ella J: Ms. Jackson / doll voice / Kara Nana
Emmett T: Will
DIRECTED BY: PAUL MULLOY
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: SAM A
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TRINITY C
SOUND ENGINEER: BROCK M, CAM M
SOUND FOLEY: CARL F AND KATE L
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Brett Davies is a senior student of the Performing and Visual Arts Drama class at Central Memorial High School. Brett was fascinated with staged performances from an early age, oftentimes viewing plays at theatres in his hometown. He gained a serious interest in the performing arts field at the age of 14, when he began undertaking a school drama program, and subsequently joined an actors training group in the city of Calgary. Brett has trained in the Calgary-based youth engagement program Act Out!, his first small scale experience with stage performance, which led him towards an application for one of the city’s most reputable high school theatre programs. He has worked with professionals to break down the specifics of bringing characters to life; with training involving the Meisner script analyses, dance choreography, and vocals and accent work.
Brett has a small number of production work under his belt, including but not limited to: an adapted production of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River; L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables; and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Shrek the Musical. Aside from dramatic arts, Brett has learned to play the piano and guitar in his spare time.
He is grateful for the leadership of the fine arts mentors at Central Memorial High School, and gives his thanks to the primary teachers in the Performing and Visual Arts program: Paul Mulloy, Michelle Crimmins, and Kelly Goutsis. He would also like to thank his former dramatic arts teacher, Aaron Shaw, who is responsible for encouraging him to apply for the program.
Ms. Jackson / Doll Voice / Kara Nana
Offstage Ella enjoys less eccentric activities like playing video games and embroidery. She was educated in the prestigious Central Memorial High School PVA theatre arts program and has been involved in their production of Seussical and their radio plays. Ella loves stories not only creating them but seeing them, her goal as an actor is to weave interesting and inspiring tales.
Emmett is a grade eleven theatre arts student with Central Memorials PVA Program, and has worked mainly in school productions and summer shows with Calgary Actors Studio, playing roles such as Bill in Mamma Mia! Even though this is his first radio play/voice acting project, Emmett has been acting and doing musical theatre since he was young and hopes to do the best he can and learn from this experience. Emmett also hopes to continue to act after high school, and wants to integrate the arts into his life in any way he can.
Host, Ms. McGrundy, Clerk
Mia V was eight years old when she fell in love with acting, singing, and dancing. Her first production was a musical titled Dear Santa at Earl Grey Elementary School, where she played the Grandma. She has been pursuing theatre ever since. Some of her works include Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Princess Leia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta), Island (Cynthia), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), The Little Mermaid (Narrator/Ensemble) and The Greatest Showman (Lettie Lutz). She has worked with companies such as Calgary Actors’ Studio, Pumphouse Theatre, Quest Theatre, and Calgary Young People’s Theatre (Pretzel Theatre). At the age of thirteen, she had written, acted in, and directed, a short film called Rewind for Mount Royal Junior High’s short film festival. She has been dancing with SKUD Frula Calgary for four years, and singing in choirs before she could even talk.
After graduating, she hopes to study Musical Theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Mia is very appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Program. Mia would like to thank her family for always supporting her dreams.
Mr. Mulloy attended UVic and York University where he studied vocal performance, theatre and education. In 2000, before making the leap into education, Mr. Mulloy worked as a stage actor. Most notably, he performed on Broadway in the 1989 revival of Shenandoah. Further, he acted in a number of international touring productions including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera where he performed the role of the opera manager, Andre. Across Canada, Mr. Mulloy has had the privilege to perform with a variety of theatre companies including Theatre Calgary, the Canadian Opera Company and the Shaw Festival. Mr. Mulloy was a nominee for the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. He enjoys his work and considers himself fortunate to be part of the PVA team at Central.
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.
Trinity Chase is an aspiring actor currently based in the Calgary area. She has had the opportunity to act in Workshop Theatre Society’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as Monica and Central Memorial High School's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hippolyta. She started her acting journey at Trinity Christian School’s drama club and is currently attending Central Memorial High School's, Performing and Visual Arts program. To continue her acting career she will be attending the Vancouver Acting School, she hopes this education will help her pursue a career in the film and television industry. She is ready to dedicate her entire focus to furthering her future and supporting herself. She hopes to continue with many of her hobbies such as reading and writing. As an aspiring actor Trinity knows what it is to put in the work and dedicate everything to her projects. Trinity thanks her parents and Charlotte Loeppky for helping her realize her amazing passion for acting.
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.
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.