Radio Theatre Take 2
Dimenson X (Requiem)
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thanks to our photographers Jasmine Paige G and Erin S-K
Dimension X (Requiem)
Del Harriman is a wealthy woman who has almost everything. Her last wish before she leaves this Earthen realm is to see the moon. However, due to her old age, the pursuit of such a mission has never been more dangerous. Does she make it? “Under the wild and sorry sigh, dig my grave and let me lie, gladly that I lived and gladly die. Home is the sailor, home from the sea and a hunter home from the hills.”
Amanda T: Charlie, Jane
Gabrielle M: Captain McIntyre
M M: Henry / Will
Marina K: Del Harriman
Matthew D: Host, Marshal
DIRECTED BY: LEE LANCASTER / MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ELIJAH D.R.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: HAYDEN B
SOUND ENGINEERS: BROCK M, CAM M
FOLEY ARTISTS: ZETH W, RAY G
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Henry / Will
M’s first experiences on stage in front of an audience was ballet recitals when they were 5. A year later they had their first acting experience, cast as a duck in a community play, and they loved it. M was one of ‘101 Dalmatians’ in a school production in grade 5 and after that participated in Storybook Theatre camps and performed at Fringe Fest with Reality is Optional through the Alexandra Writing Society .
In junior high M was cast as Juror 8 in 12 Angry Jurors’, a role that really solidified their appetite for acting. M worked hard and it paid off, much to their surprise and delight they were honoured with the Most Progressed in Drama award.
That experience convinced them to audition for the renowned PVA Program at Central Memorial and M was thrilled to be accepted. In their first year they were a tech on the fall production and discovered they liked the behind-the-scenes work a lot. In the spring M had three monologues in Spoon River, the next year they got to try their hand with comedy as Sir Richard in Shakespeare’s Dog.
M was invited to do a guest spot with the Dirty Laundry Youth Improv troop at Lunchbox Theatre and thoroughly enjoyed that experience too.
In this, M’s final year, they were a sound tech on the first round of fall radio plays and really enjoyed foley work and they were cast as Henry and Will in the upcoming production of Dimension X: Requiem.
Matthew Denittis is an aspiring actor and current student of the Central Memorial High School Performing and Visual Arts program. Over the course of his life, Matthew has participated in many theatre productions and plays, including the CASSA production, You Ain’t Nothing but a Werewolf and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Junior High School’s Into the Woods Jr. Matthew has gained an expansive knowledge and understanding of theatre through hands-on learning, and is willing to push himself further in order to become a professional actor. Matthew has also participated in a number of Drama classes and extracurricular activities such as Improv Club at both Sir Wilfrid Laurier Junior High School and Central Memorial High School. Matthew’s email address can be found at email@example.com and is open for any questions or concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Ray Groves developed their love for acting and theatre technology from the young age of six, when they took part in a school play. They loved being both backstage and on stage, whether they were acting, working the lights, sounds, music and so much more. Ray has worked with both acting and tech for many years and worked on plenty of plays backstage and on stage like, Shape Stowaways (3D), Juliet And That Guy Romeo (Tech), The Laramie Project (Harry woods, Zackie Salmon, News person 2), The Whole Town's Sleeping (Tech), The Dead Laugh (Tech), The Vengeful Corpse (Tech), Cabin B13 (Tech), The Thought (Tech), Requiem (Tech), On A Country Road (Tech), The Blind Beggar Dies (Tech), Poltergeist (Tech) and Bad Medicine (Narrator, Haskins). They have performed many times on the Jubilee stage from the age of six to the age of eleven.
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.