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Dinner Theatre Production of The Spiral Staircase

Dinner Theatre Production November 2010

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Dinner Theatre Director's notes:

2010, a year of great change in CCH, so we decided a fall dinner theatre might also be a nice change. Mrs. Mitchell was thrilled that 42 students tried out; eight were cast and 67 people were involved with making a murder mystery, The Spiral Staircase, come to life. Mrs. Malec, Mrs. Renyk and Mrs. Mitchell met in June and decided it would be a fun way to join two departments, Foods and Drama, into one production team. With the help of five PS III interns, Bailey Hooper, Jolnda Brinkhof, Phil Brayton, Andrew Kereliuk , and Andrea Stringer as well as the experience of Inma Barajon and Donna Fetting, we put a group of volunteer parents and students together who all took up different tasks needed to run both a dinner theatre and a show. Mrs. Malec's Foods classes and an amazing team of volunteer students cooked and served meals to 200 guests who raved about both the food and the service. The student actors, Deanna Haycock, Matt Manzara, Mathea Mitchell, Alex Hernandez, Tristan Scholten, Matthew Schaaf, Teighan Wilson, and Sophia Larney were a nice mix of grades ten, eleven and twelve students and each brought their own style to their mysterious characters. The audience said they could not believe they were high school actors - Mrs. Renyk and her make-up team worked their magic to create believable aged characters and the students were a thoughtful and committed group who worked well together, once again showing the power of the Eggplant.

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After two months of rehearsal, the dinner theatre ran from November 4, 5 and 6. The two weekend nights sold out quickly but the Thursday also had a good turnout. Comments from the audience were: "That show could have run for two weeks - it is excellent!"; "Who needs to go on a cruise when you get this wonderful food and super theatre right here at CCH?"; "It was a most enjoyable and fun night out." I'm most proud of the combined efforts of the staff who were involved, the parents who helped build set and cook meals, set up each night and strike the final day along with our amazing students who do it all for the love of theatre.

Laurie Mitchell

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