Drama students at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox secondary are off to the provincials next spring with Rabbit Hole.
The production gained top marks from adjudicator Paul Moniz de Sa at this month’s annual METFest, a presentation of one-act plays held at Heritage Woods secondary.
This year’s entries were from eight Tri-City high schools: Port Moody, Pinetree, Riverside, Archbishop Carney, Centennial, Heritage, Gleneagle and Fox secondaries.
Directed by Fox drama teacher Dan Tilsley, Rabbit Hole — a play written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire — explores grief and its impact on a family (Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Becca in the New York staging).
Riverside’s No Sweeter Thing, an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, was selected as the alternates to Fox for the provincials; River’s Edge Theatre director Nicole Roberge said her class will attend the BC Drama Festival at Douglas College in New Westminster, as a non-performing delegation.
Meanwhile, Tri-City high schools are now rehearsing for their winter and spring productions:
• Pinetree: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Jan. 30 and 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 6 to 8);
• Centennial: 9 to 5 (Feb. 7 to 9 and Feb. 13 to 15);
• Riverside: Newsies The Musical (Feb. 21 to 23 and Feb. 27 and 28, March 1);
• Archbishop Carney: Clue (Feb. 28 to March 2);
• Terry Fox: Rock of Ages (April 11 to 13 and April 18 to 20);
• Gleneagle: West Side Story (April 30, May 1 and 2 and May 8 to 10);
• Port Moody: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (May 1 to 3);
• Dr. Charles Best: Little Shop of Horrors (May 2 to 5 and May 9 to 12);
• and Heritage Woods: Cinderella (May 3 and 4 and May 10 and 11).