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
Have you ever had a night walk go wrong? Not as bad as this group of girls… I hope. Kay, Edna, and Florence all must pass through a graveyard after their ride to town breaks down. Through their silly banter, Kay dances on a grave, summoning the Poltergeist. Will the girls survive the night? Are you sure you have never unknowingly danced on a grave?
Beatrice M: The Driver / Hooper
Chiara P: Edna
Fionn L: Arch Oboler / The Doctor
Jenna E: May
Mieke L: Kay
DIRECTED BY: LEE LANCASTER / MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ELIJAH D.R.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: ELISABETH K.
SOUND ENGINEERS: BROCK M, CAM M
FOLEY ARTISTS: ZETH W, RAY G
Thanks in advance for paying what you can to help offset the expenses of our radio plays!
The Driver, Hooper
Chiara Petersen is a 15-year-old actress and model from Calgary, AB. She has a deep passion for performing and the arts, engaging in theatre from as little as 5 years old. Theatre is one of her all-time favourite forms of expression, and she has participated in various projects over the years including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Dam Busters, and The Laramie Project. As well as theatre, Chiara also enjoys acting on screen, having numerous background and speaking roles in productions such as Fargo, Tin Star, The Detour, A Teacher, and the yet-to-be-released Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Through her education at Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts program she has acquired training in acting techniques, cold reading, voice acting, self-tapes, improvisation, and scriptwriting. In addition to acting, Chiara has found herself successful in modeling. She’s worked with well-known brands such as Sugarlash and Holt Renfrew and walked the runway for charities like Homefront YYC and Dress for Success as well as Vancouver and Western Canada fashion weeks. She’s also scored features in a variety of magazines and publications including PhotoVogue, Marika, Malvie, Vigour, and Lucy’s Magazine. There’s nothing Chiara would rather do for the rest of her life than perform. She is kind, charismatic, and hard-working, and hopes to make it far in the industry.
Arch Oboler, the Doctor
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.
Elisabeth was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta by her mother, Meg and father, Marcus. Elisabeth is currently a student at Central Memorial High School in Calgary, Alberta. Elisabeth’s love for theatre started at an early age, she first participated in choirs and fell in love with being on stage. She has acted in many amateur theatre productions put on by previous schools she attended. Her roles have varied between playing “Mr. Mayor” in Seussical the Musical, playing “Seaweed’s Gang” in Hairspray, playing “Mama Ogre” in Shrek the Musical and playing “Queen Susan” in The Horse and his Boy. Elisabeth has been a part of church choirs since she was 8 years old, she knows how to harmonize well with others and also sing solo; even knowing how to sing opera and acapella. Apart from choir, she has also received private voice lessons to help with range, projection, and breath work. She loves when her family gets the opportunity to watch her perform, especially since her father has been diagnosed as terminally ill. Theatre is very important to Elisabeth because she feels it allows her to convey a story to an audience, she loves evoking emotion out of others whether it’s joy or sorrow and believes the best thing an actor can do is to have an impact on someone; a change in how they view the world.
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.
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.