Rimbey High School drama students still acting up

Taking community production digital this year

The Rimbey High School drama class will return to the stage for a digital community performance this April.

This year, the students are presenting two, one-act plays that will be live-streamed from their classroom instead of from the Peter Lougheed Community Centre.

“If you look through the yearbook photos you will notice photos of school groups and activities. Last year, like many activities, the high school drama play was put on pause. It has been just over a year since Rimbey High School was able to present a play to the community,” said Shauna Murdoch, drama at the school.

Murdoch said that the six students, in grades 10 to 12 have been in her class for a few years.

“They are all in both productions and play multiple characters. They have grown in their ability to create stronger and more diverse characters. They learn to “let go” and explore the script and characters,” she said.

The students will be performing “You’re driving me crazy,” by Todd Wallinger, which deals with the antics and situations when taking driving lessons. The second performance is “If they could talk” by Kendra Thomas. It’s a character-driven play about a girl and things in her house coming alive.

“The challenge is learning the new technology as well as creating the space on my small stage in my classroom,” said Murdoch, adding that if these productions are successful there may be other virtual performances in the future.

The class is getting some local community help, Lance Hannesson is assisting with set design and construction and Emma Luchak is stepping up as a stage manager.

“I’m so happy that my students will get the opportunity to present a play to the community. It’s such a great experience for the students, I’m very proud of them,” said Murdoch.

Donations are welcome and will go towards the school and support the drama program. Residents are invited to tune into the school website on April 22 at 7 p.m. The link for the live broadcast is on the Rimbey Jr/Sr High School home page under the YouTube live sports tab.