That’s the spirit: Drama college students at Surrey’s Frank Damage faculty win large at B.C. pageant

A number of provincial awards had been celebrated by Frank Damage Secondary’s drama division in the course of the latest B.C. Nationwide Theatre Faculty DramaFest.

The scholars’ “Work in Progress” play gained the Wayne Fairhead Spirit of the Pageant award and accolades for Excellence in Achievement and Excellent Piece of Devised Theatre, as detailed on

For the Newton-area faculty it was a profitable weekend of drama on the pageant, held Might 4-7 for the primary time since 2020 at Douglas Faculty in New Westminster.

“We’re a faculty that has an inner-city designation, so that is one thing that we had been excited to be a part of, to signify the Surrey district, and it was our first time qualifying to attend (the provincial pageant),” stated Stephanie Henderson, drama instructor and Positive Arts division head.

“It’s an enormous factor for our program and undoubtedly for the humanities, each within the district and likewise at Frank Damage.”

The play was a fruits of a capstone venture that concerned at the very least 30 hours of pupil time in a ardour venture.

“That’s a requirement for commencement,” Henderson famous, “and I created a category of Performing 11 and 12 and Careers collectively so that everybody who joined the category was making a collective capstone venture.”

For the script materials, she spoke to the scholars about their struggles in the course of the pandemic.

“We talked about how they’re expertise in school has modified, how nervousness has elevated, their struggles with catching up on faculty work whereas all that was on-line,” the instructor recalled. “All of these struggles form of manifested into particular person vignettes, and we compiled all of these collectively to create this play.

“They fully wrote the present themselves as a category,” Henderson added. “I labored with technical college students for sound and lighting design. I ended up directing, however all the pieces else was created by these college students.”

“Work in Progress” was first carried out at Frank Damage in December, adopted by stagings at a regional pageant after which provincials in early Might.

With greater than 50 years of historical past, the B.C. Nationwide Theatre Faculty DramaFest is an annual occasion organized by the Affiliation of British Columbia Drama Educators (ABCDE) to showcase secondary faculty drama productions from throughout the province.

The pageant “offers alternatives for drama college students to convene, have fun one another’s performances, share concepts and attend high-calibre workshops,” in response to a submit on

Elsewhere in Surrey, Johnston Heights Secondary is making ready a manufacturing of “The Addams Household, A New Musical” for the varsity stage from June 6-9. Present tickets are $8 prematurely or $10 on the door, at 15350 99 Ave.
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