Radio Theatre Take 2
The Scarlet Plague
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thanks to our photographers Jasmine Paige G and Erin S-K
The Scarlet Plague
Professor Jillian Smith is a woman of reason living as an English Professor at the University of San Francisco. Her life is suddenly turned upside down when a strange disease begins taking over the planet, turning people red left and right. They call it the Scarlet Plague.
It slaughters it’s victims in mere hours, but no one knows how it’s spreading. As the sickness takes San Francisco, Jill and her friends must find a way to outlast the disease. Can Jill survive the plague and protect her friends?
Anders O: Announcer / Newscaster
Ayden W: Ben / Party Guy
Chelsea B: Miss Wilson / Myra Blake
Izzy S.G.: Jill
Saylor B: Dr.Barnes / Drunk / Party Girl
DIRECTED BY: PAUL MULLOY
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ALEX L.
SOUND ENGINEERS: BROCK M & CAM M
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: MADISON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: SAM A
FOLEY ARTISTS: KATE L & CARL F
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Announcer / Newscaster
Ben / Party guy
Ayden is a grade 11 Drama student who has had an interesting relationship with acting, one which began on good terms in grade 8, but one which in reality, has been a lifelong journey. Ayden went to Calgary Arts Academy for the better part of his early life, a performing and visual arts school in which he hated the performing side of the arts… until one day, everything changed. In grade 8 Ayden was given the opportunity to perform in a Shakespearean adaptation of Star Wars Attack of the Clones. Upon finally giving acting a chance, this piece sparked something inside of him, and although he did not know it yet, a newfound passion was about to be born. Ayden gave it his all in the preliminary readthrough when casting was to be decided and In the end Ayden was cast as Anakin Skywalker, in the scene which encompassed the final battle. Needless to say he was nervous, extraordinarily nervous in fact, but as the prejudice for the performing arts faded, so did his anxiety. Not only did Ayden learn that it were these things that held him back, but that he had a knack for acting once they were gone as well...
Fast forward to present day and he has played Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Army Attacketh, co directed the next Shakespearean star wars in the trilogy Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge, and played King Edmund as well as Arsheesh in the PVA programs rendition of The Horse and His Boy: A Narnia Tale which was directed by Michelle Crimmins
Ayden found out after many years of trial and tribulation with being forced to act when he did not want to, that when he chose to, it became a love of his. Upon the spark of passion being lit for the first time, Ayden fell in love with the performing arts, and as such intends to major likely in some form of film and television as that has been a dream of his for many years; and as Walt Disney once said “first think, second believe, third dream, and finally, dare.” and Ayden intends to dare...
Dr. Barnes / Drunk / Party Girl
Saylor Bentley is a Grade 10 student at Central Memorial High School. They were first introduced to the acting scene in Grade 6, where they joined the school musical. From then on, they knew that acting was their passion. Saylor has participated in school productions, along with shows in the summer at Calgary Actor’s Studio. Saylor would like to thank their mother, Shelly, and their sister, Shayla for never giving up in their search to reunite with their biological family. They would also like to thank their best friend, and number one supporter, Eric Dove for always being a friendly face smiling in the audience.
Miss Wilson / Myra Blake
Chelsea Boughner is a 17-year-old actress and singer-songwriter living in Calgary, Alberta. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Chelsea began acting at the age of three, studying basic theatre techniques at the Bowman Arts Centre. At six, Chelsea took vocal lessons with Bridget Yarwood at “Sing a Song That’s Yours Studio”. In the sixth grade, Chelsea began performing in musicals in school, some of her shows including Annie Jr., The Lion King Jr., and Mamma Mia!. After moving to Calgary, Chelsea began studying Theatre Arts at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School (PVA). Chelsea would like to thank her friends, family, and her mentors for helping her achieve her dreams of living a safe and happy life while doing what she loves.
Izzy St-Germain started her love for music while studying piano and vocal with her music mentor Karen Faye-Shepard from the age of 6. There she took part in many recitals and song writer forums and was able to produce and perform her own material. During her studies she was able to complete level 2 from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Although she loved musical instruments, she loved vocals and performing more which led her to pursue Theatre Arts. In middle school she joined the productions of Jungle Book and Peter Pan. She played the lead role of Dorothy in Wizard of Oz in her last year of middle school which inspired her to apply for the Performing Arts program at Central Memorial High School. There she enrolled in both Choir and Theatre Arts performing finally settling on her passion for acting and now solely dedicated to Theatre Arts. Lately Izzy has been focused on playwriting and directing which has become her new passion. After completing the program at Central Memorial, she plans on pursuing more the “behind the screen” roles of playwriting, directing and producing. Izzy has been supported by her friends, family and music teacher Karen and would like to thank them for all the support and time they have given for her to pursue 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.
Alexander is a transgender man who found sanctuary in the arts at the tender age of eight when he played “extra #4” in Killarney Montessori’s school musical. He has gone on to act throughout junior high and is honored to be training at the Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School. Despite his interest in singing and dancing, Alexander prefers conventional theatre or ironically enough “straight” plays. Alexander has had the honor of playing a wide variety of roles including The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Marr (Shakespeare’s Dog), and ElsaWertman (Spoon River Anthologies). He has never been one to shoot for the lead, but rather the role that he thinks will challenge him the most. He hopes to go on to study both fine arts and political science in university. Alexander would like to thank his family, teachers, and most of all his peers for their never-ending encouragement.
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.