This year Jean Vanier Catholic High School takes you through a song - filled journey down to the streets of New York with this year's production of "The West Side" (an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway hit "West Side Story").
This exciting musical about rivaling gangs and forbidden love is a thrilling story dealing with the issues of inclusion. This production is put on by the grade 11/12 Drama Play Production Classes at Jean Vanier. Each of the students not only have an on-stage role, but they also have the responsibility of looking after an off-stage role which is unique to other high school productions.
Director Julie Morin's approach to teaching musical theatre encourages the students to take part in every single aspect of the play from set design, to make up, costuming, publicity, etc. This not only allows the students to experience what goes on behind the scenes, but it also lets the students have the satisfaction of knowing that they took the huge task of mounting a musical and put it all together by themselves.
"It is an excellent course for teaching students about the importance of teamwork, problem solving and the workforce", says Morin. "Theatre is becoming more popular in Collingwood due to the increase of active retirees in our area. It is an exciting time to be in the Arts."
The entire drama class has been working very hard by putting in many after-school hours not only in their off-stage roles, but also polishing their on-stage character roles to display the best they can with the three threads of musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting.
"It is a truly fantastic experience to be a part of this cast and to have the opportunity to put together this musical" states Allison Gallagher, stage manager and Grade 12 Vanier Theatre student. "Not only do you get the opportunity to do something you normally wouldn't do in your everyday life, but you also get the honor to get to know everyone involved and become a family".
Performances for the musical will be running through December and January. Elementary students have been invited to come and see the matinee performances. All families and general public are encouraged to come out and see the show on one of the Charity Pasta Dinner nights.
THE SHOW DATES FOR "THE WEST SIDE" INCLUDE:
Matinee Day Shows: December 4th, 10th and Jan 6, 8th (9 am) and Dec 5th , 8, 11th and Jan 7th at 10:30am ($5.00 tickets are sold at the door on a first come first serve basis for the one hour show).
Charity Pasta Dinner Theatre Shows: Dec 11th and January 8th at 5:30pm for the dinner theatre which includes pasta, salad, and dessert followed by the one hour performance at 7:00pm ($15.00 Tickets must be reserved in advance. Children under 5 are free)
To purchase Dinner theatre tickets please email the school or call Ms. Tricia Hadley (705)-445-4262 ext. 4
See you at the show!