Radio Theatre Take 2
On a Country Road
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thanks to our photographers Jasmine Paige G and Erin S-K
On a Country Road
Three friends: Alex, Dorothy, and David, are on their way home from a picnic when they catch news of an escaped insane woman on the loose. They blow it off… until their car shuts down. When visited by a stranger while hiding from a murderer, the ultimate test of trust and survival is placed upon them.
Aviah K: Alex
Clara P: Newscaster / Officer
Natalie E: women
Nico S: Dorothy / Officer
Noah S: David
DIRECTED BY: LEE LANCASTER / MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: SAM A
SOUND ENGINEER: BROCK M & CAM M
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: NEIL P.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ABBY N
FOLEY ARTIST: ZETH W. & RAY G.
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Aviah Koester has always had a passion for acting, since the age of 5. After her first ever play Aviah kept going to achieve her dream of becoming an actress. Aviah has been in many plays over the years such as Robin Hood, The Worst Play in the World and High School Musical. Aviah is currently achieving her dream by attending the PVA program at Central Memorial high school, she attends drama classes everyday from drama teachers and even guest actors such as Christian Goutsis. Over the years of Aviah’s acting career she has learned many skills such as fight chorography, dance chorography and vocal training. Over the last few months Aviah has applied hard work and dedication to this radio play.
Aviah would like to thank the Directors Lee Lancaster and Michelle Crimmins, Aviah would also like to thank the assistant Director’s, sound tech, her fellow actors, as well as Christian Goutsis for making this all possible.
Newscaster / officer
Clara, who plays the roles of officer and newscaster, is very excited to be joining the cast of On a Country Road. She has been in many musicals at Southwood United Church, including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Suessical the Musical and Mary Poppins Jr where she played the Bird Woman. Clara enjoys playing guitar and writing music and poetry in her free time. She would like to thank her parents for encouraging her in her music and interest in theatre.
Dorothy / officer
Noah Sabo is a grade 11 student who is enrolled in the PVA ( Performing Visual Arts) program. It was junior high when Noah realised that since he wasn’t making any of the sports teams. Noah’s mom told him, he should try for the school play. From there Noah got in the school play for grades seven, eight and nine to which Noah played 3 roles in his first, got the main character in his second and got the main character again in Noah’s 3rd and final junior high production. Noah was nominated in grade 8 for “The Most Academic Drama Student” and ended up winning. Noah’s passion for theatre grows with every theatrical class and performance the PVA program offers; that is why Noah is excited to play the role of David in the Radio play On a Country Road. Noah would like to thank first off his parents for being always so supportive of his work and driving him to and from rehearsals. Noah would also like to thank his brother and sister for coming and listening to the productions, even though they can be long. Thank his Gramparents for being so supportive of his craft and too driving him home from rehearsals. Lastly Noah would like to thank his friends and teachers along the way that have boosted his confidence and made him believe in something that Noah sometimes struggles to find. Thank you all!
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.
Abby is in her final year at Central, and she is very excited to share these new shows with you all ! She has performed 2 musicals here, including her role as Donna in Mamma Mia! (2018), and her role as Maisie in Suessical the Musical (2019). Assistant Directing a radio play was a big change for her and her fellow peers, but doing it has also given her a different, exciting experience, and a new opportunity that has taught her much about her field. Abby would like to thank her family and friends for being super cool, and her drama teachers for taking a crummy situation and turning it into something interesting and fun. She can’t wait to show you all the hard work that her and her groups have put into these shows, and she hopes you all enjoy these twisting, murderous tales.
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.
Neil is extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this semester’s radio play as a Production Assistant! Neil currently is currently attending Central Memorial’s PVA Theatre Arts and Dance programs and is a member of the Young Canadians as a Senior Singer. He would like to thank everyone on the cast and crew who made this production possible especially in these uncertain times!