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22 Apr 15

April 22, 2015

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RHS wins spot at festival

The dramatic production of The Case of the Crushed Petunias, performed by students at Russell High School, has won a spot at the Southern Ontario Youth Theatre Festival in Windsor in May. Shown here are the cast in front row: Rachel Hunter, Jamal Jabara, Ross McIntye and Victoria Bowen; crew in second row: Bradly Roy, Thomas Zimmermann, Melanie Robert (hair and makeup), Ben Moskau, Kathleen Reiche (composer and pianist), and Mitchell Ansell; and in third row teacher Kevin Kennedy and Stage Manager Chelsey Hardy. Vetter photo

Russell High dramatists win spot at Festival

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — The Russell High School production of the Tennessee Williams’ play The Case of the Crushed Petunias has been awarded a performance spot at the Southern Ontario Youth Theatre Festival. The school’s dress rehearsal was filmed and the video viewed by a 20-member selection committee. The committee saw 212 plays, either live or on video, shortlisted them to 25, and finally picked 12 to perform at the festival. The RHS performance will be Sat., May 23, at the Centre for Creative Arts in Windsor.

RHS had performed the play at the Sears Dramafest Seaway District Competition, which was also hosted by RHS. The school did not get to move on to the Regional Competition, so students and teacher Kevin Kennedy were very excited to get a chance to perform the production again.

“We felt our performance deserved another audience,” said Kennedy. “Luckily so did the Southern Ontario festival committee.”

Stage manager Chelsey Hardy agreed. “We were disappointed, so this extra opportunity is nice.” Musical score composer and pianist Kathleen Reiche added, “We’re excited to be performing again. Now we’re not ending on a sad note.”

The small cast and crew are also looking forward to the bonding experience of travelling away and staying for a few days, and to mingling with other dramatic arts students. The production stars Victoria Bowen, Rachel Hunter, Jamal Jabara and Ross McIntyre. Crew includes Mitchel Ansell, Ben Moskau, Melanie Rober, Thomas Zimmermann, and Bradly Roy.

Fundraising for travel expenses will begin soon, starting with a car wash all day at the school parking lot on Sat., May 2 — in time to wash away winter’s mud and salt.