KEN CHISHOLM: Inaugural Cape Breton Excessive College Theatre Pageant opens Friday – Cape Breton Put up



Cape Breton highschool college students are heading to the Boardmore stage.  

Ken Chisholm

“Todd Hiscock, supervisor of the Boardmore Theatre, and I’ve been part of the Nova Scotia Excessive College Drama Pageant for a few years,” explains Mike McPhee, a instructor at Glace Bay Excessive College. 

“I finished attending due to the prices and fairness points that marginalized college students from Cape Breton. The prices are prohibitive for many native colleges to attend. The advantages nevertheless are fantastic, so Todd and I believed we might give an area pageant a strive.”

Collectively, McPhee and Hiscock organized the primary Cape Breton Excessive College Theatre Pageant scheduled for the Cape Breton College Campus from Friday, Could 17 to Sunday, Could 19.

“We’ve got 89 highschool college students registered,” Hiscock explains. “They may participate in weekend workshops in addition to performing their performs.”

McPhee says that on the pageant “College students meet different like-minded youth, share theatrical work and develop inventive expertise. Most significantly, they develop a way of group. Audiences will see the up and coming subsequent era of inventive and inventive youth and luxuriate in nice reveals.”

The pageant opens Friday afternoon with registration for the members from Four-6 p.m., adopted by opening ceremonies within the Boardmore Playhouse, after which the primary two productions.

On Sunday night, after the adjudication of the ultimate two productions (and a musical theatre showcase), there will likely be an all-ages closing occasion within the Pit Lounge.

All night performances begin at 7 p.m.

On Friday’s opening night time, Glace Bay Excessive College presents “Blueberry Pancakes,” written and directed by Maxwell Slade and “We Go away,” written and directed by Glace Bay’s semester 2 drama 12 class.

Saturday night options two reveals from Cape Breton Highlands Training Centre/Academy situated in Terre Noire, Inverness County — “Lighthouse,” written by Bruce Miller and “Pricey Chuck,” written by Jonathan Dorf.

The pageant closes Sunday night with contributions from Riverview Excessive College, “Jaded” written by Brittany Fagan-Steele, and Sydney Academy, “The Worst Phrase within the World,” written by Scott Sharplin in collaboration with the members of the Sydney Academy drama group.

There will even be a showcase efficiency on Sunday night time by the Musical Theatre Ensemble which McPhee and Barb Stetter have been working with since January.


WHAT: Cape Breton Excessive College Theatre Pageant
WHERE: Cape Breton College Boardmore Theatre, Sydney-Glace Bay Freeway
SCHEDULE:  Friday, Could 17: “Blueberry Pancakes” and “We Go away,” Glace Bay Excessive College; Saturday, Could 18: “Lighthouse” and “Pricey Chuck,” Cape Breton Highlands Training Centre/Academy; Sunday, Could 19: “Jaded,” Riverview Excessive College, and “The Worst Phrase within the World,” Sydney Academy. All night performances begin at 7 p.m.
ADMISSION: Pay what you possibly can or non-perishable meals financial institution donation to the CBU Meals Financial institution.

After every night of performances, famend Cape Breton theatre director Gary Walsh will adjudicate every manufacturing.

The performs are open to the general public with admission “pay what you possibly can” or a non-perishable meals financial institution donation to the CBU Meals Financial institution.

“Some are unique performs whereas others are beforehand produced,” Hiscock mentioned concerning the vary of performs. 

Todd HiscockTodd Hiscock

“Each Glace Bay performs are unique scripts, as are the Riverview script and the Highlands Academy play written by a instructor on the faculty. ‘The Worst Phrase within the World’ is a brand new Scott Sharplin (who has written performs for the Highland Arts Theatre) play in collaboration with the Sydney Academy drama group.”

Together with the stage performances, the pageant presents workshops throughout the days of its run.

On Saturday, the morning workshops provided are — Appearing with Boardmore director Hiscock, Lighting Design with Ken Heaton, who has labored on productions for the Boardmore, the Savoy and the Highland Arts Theatre, Stage Fight with Janine Waddell Hodder, Drama 10 with pageant organizer, Mike McPhee.

On Saturday afternoon, Appearing with Hiscock, Stage Fight with Waddell Hodder and Drama 11 with McPhee will likely be on supply.

Sunday’s workshops will likely be Stage Craft with theatre educator Cheryl Bray, Lighting Design with Heaton, Directing with veteran Boardmore musical director Bruce Cathcart, Shakespeare: Communicate the Speech with playwright, director and theatre teacher Scott Sharplin and Drama 12 with McPhee.

The Sunday afternoon workshops are Stage Craft with Bray, Directing with Cathcart, and Shakespeare: Communicate the Speech with Sharplin.

The varied workshops will run concurrently in several areas on the CBU campus with morning classes scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoon classes from 1:30-Four:30 p.m.

McPhee hopes the pageant will grow to be a yearly occasion however that “will depend upon the curiosity ranges of scholars, lecturers and the group.”

For now, McPhee and Hiscock, invite everybody to “Come out and assist our youth and luxuriate in an ideal present.”

Ken Chisholm lives in Sydney and has written performs, songs, evaluations, journal articles. He could be reached at

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