Retired high school drama teacher, Brian Mather, who has directed many community theatre musicals for both Courtenay Little Theatre and Rainbow Youth theatre over the past few years, is on a new mission. “I really would like to work with teen actors who want to concentrate on their acting skills, away from the demands of being in a large scale musical.”
Mather’s latest project for Courtenay Little Theatre is an evening of two one act plays, one a tragedy (“Trojan Women”adapted by Tonya Hays) and the other a comedy (“This is a Test” by Stephen Gregg). His cast of 10 actors, who all appear in each one act, have had the opportunity to work on two completely different genres of the theatre and the different acting styles required for each. “The real challenge is to be able to perform each style effectively in the same evening with just a 15 minute intermission,” says Mather.
The two one acts will be presented as a complete evening of theatre under the banner of “An Evening with the Gods” on Thursday and Friday, November 1st and 2nd at Highland Secondary School at 7 pm each evening. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or in advance at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay or Blue Heron Books in Comox. The plays will also travel to compete on behalf of Courtenay Little Theatre in the One Act Play Festival at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach on November 9th.
The talented cast for both shows consists of: Alyssa Biollo, Mark Biollo, Kayler Fagan, Ella Klobchar, Makayla Lazslo, Hayden Ledingham, Annaliese Pepper, Chai Sullivan, Mya Williamson, and Rebecca Winkelaar.
“The Trojan Women” is a classic tragedy about how war brings out the worst in mankind. While there may be individual acts of compassion and decency within the horrors, war exemplifies man’s inhumanity to man. And the most affected victims are the innocent bystanders – usually the women and children. Although Euripides wrote this play in 415 BCE, its themes and imagery resonate today, not only in the world’s war zones but in cultural circles that are much closer to home. This is a traditional Greek Drama – with a twist!
“This is a Test” is a modern comedy which explores the pressures of modern schooling. How students are favoured (or not), and how they compare themselves to their peers. Some try to escape the pressures while others succumb to them. And there are those who just move forward. Identify with any or all the students as they take a test that will determine their futures. (Loud laughter is permitted.)