Drama Club wins 4 awards at NTS Festival – Moves to the Provincial Level

Southwood Secondary School’s Drama Club wins 4 awards at the National Theatre School (NTS) Western Regional Showcase (formerly SEARS) on Saturday, April 13. The production “Sometimes I Look Up to the Sky” received overwhelming feedback from the NTS Adjudicator and audience. In addition, the club will represent the Waterloo Region District School Board at the NTS Provincial Showcase.

Why this is a BIG deal

The NTS Provincial Showcase involves the best 12 dramatic theatre shows of approximately 360 performances across Ontario, based on a yearly average. Considering we are a small school, this is exceptional. Factor in that the club has made it to the Provincial level twice in 4 years is just plain awesome.

The students should be extremely proud to be performing among the top shows in the Province.

Awards

The awards taken home at NTS Western Regional Showcase include:

🎭Regional Award of Merit for New Play

🎭 Regional Award of Excellence for Bravery/Risk

🎭 Regional Award of Excellence for Collective Ensemble Creation

🎭 Regional Award for Outstanding Production for Western Regional Showcase

How you can help

Thanks for your continued support of these young artists. If you would like to help the drama club at the NTS Provincial Showcase, consider making a tax deductible donation online to our Waterloo Education Foundation Incorporated (a registered charity).

More information about the NTS Provincial Showcase on May 8-11 in Brantford will be forthcoming. The more fans in the audience, the more these young artists will feel supported by their community.

Thank You

Thank you to Bear Creek Secondary School for graciously hosting this year’s Regional Festival. Thank you for the enduring support of the staff and volunteers.

  • Mr. Gary Kirkham
  • Monica & Graham Braun from Monigram Coffee Roasters
  • Mr. Troy Dettwiler
  • Ms. Emily Ernst
  • Ms. Jennifer Sceviour
  • Tatyana Palmer
  • Ms. Katie Grant
  • Ms. Megan Drummond
  • Mr. Trevor Sinke
  • Ms. Autumn Russell
  • Ms. Molly Muck
  • Mr. Jake Kroeker
  • Mr. Jason Blair
  • Mr. Andrew Renner
  • Mr. Garret Titus
  • Mrs. Anne Hastings
  • Ms. Pauline Dill
  • Ms. Pam Patel
  • Ms. Vida Collis (our ever-supportive principal)

Photos from the NTS WesterRegional Showcase

Southwood Drama Club Wins 5 Awards and Moves on to Regionals

Congratulations to the Southwood Drama Club for winning 5 awards at the National Theatre School’s Waterloo District Festival for their 2018-2019 production of “Sometimes I Look Up to the Sky”.

Awards

  • Tyler McDonald won an Award of Merit for Sound Design
  • Rowen Dubois, Mackenzie Kehl, and Tatyana Palmer won an Award of Merit for Videography
  • Katarina Borrias-Spitzig won an Award of Merit for Stage Management
  • Abegail Spittal won an Award of Merit for Performance
  • The cast and crew won the “Outstanding Production” Award

“Sometimes I Look Up to the Sky” will represent our school at the NTS Regional Showcase in Barrie on April 8-13th. The performance will be in the evening and will be open to the public. Our performance date has not been set.

NTS Festival

If you would like to learn more about the NTS Festival, please check out their website.

Helping the Southwood Drama Club

If you would like to help support the Southwood Drama Club, please consider donating to our WEFI. Donations are run through a registered charity (Waterloo Education Foundation Inc.) and you will receive a tax receipt.

Thank You

Thank you to Saint Benedict Catholic Secondary School for graciously hosting this year’s District Festival. Thank you for the enduring support of the staff and volunteers.

  • Mr. Gary Kirkham
  • Monica & Graham Braun from Monigram Coffee Roasters
  • Mr. Troy Dettwiler
  • Ms. Emily Ernst
  • Ms. Jennifer Sceviour
  • Tatyana Palmer
  • Ms. Katie Grant
  • Ms. Megan Drummond
  • Mr. Trevor Sinke
  • Ms. Autumn Russell
  • Ms. Molly Muck
  • Mr. Jake Kroeker
  • Mr. Jason Blair
  • Mr. Andrew Renner
  • Mr. Garret Titus
  • Mrs. Anne Hastings
  • Ms. Vida Collis (our ever-supportive principal)

Come Support Southwood Drama Club this Thursday at St. Bennie’s

We have an exceptionally talented and hard-working group of students telling a heart-felt story this week at the Ontario NTS Festival.

Watch the Trailer (1:11)

Here are the students involved:

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The details:

Thursday, February 28 at St. Benedict CSS Arrive by 6:00 PM to guarantee your seat. Show runs 30 minutes in length, starting at 6:30 PM, followed by an intermission. Tickets are $10 at the door – cash only. 

Spread the word:

Twitter: Retweet the show poster

Makes a great “date night” 

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Galt Ghost Walk 2018

Update: There is a fair amount of traffic in Downtown Galt with the filming of a Netflix show. Please allow extra time.

3rd Annual Galt Ghost Walk 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7pm
Starting location/box office: Monigram Coffee Roasters
16 Ainslie St. S. Cambridge
Tickets:$15.00
cash only, at the door sales only
Dress for weather (rain or shine), be prepared for uneven terrain, hills, steps
Tickets include warm beverage & food
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Auditions!

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Get Involved

Looking to get involved with SSS Drama? Have you dreamed of being on stage? Do you have a strong work ethic and like to take risks?

Auditions

Auditions for the 2018-19 SSS Drama season will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 2:30-5:30pm in the Drama Room (rm. 132). Come prepared with a 30 second monologue, and wear comfortable rehearsal clothing (i.e. sweats, yoga attire etc.). Be prepared to stay for the entire 3 hours.

What are we working on?

This year’s show is still in the works (title TBA), but there has already been a tremendous amount of prep work put into it.

This year’s production will also be co-directed by a student director, Sophie Diebold & Ms. Cruickshank.

For inspiration we used this video created by former SSS Drama Alumni, Emily Ernst. Her video captures the overall atmosphere, tone and message we are striving for this year.

Crew

Looking to get involved, but not on the stage? There are a number of crew roles to be filled this year in the areas of media, tech, management/leadership, costumes, props, hair and make-up. If you would like to volunteer for a crew role please contact SSS Drama’s stage manager Kat Borrias-Spitzig as soon as possible: borrk0276@wrdsb.ca

Year-End Celebration in Stratford!

On Friday, May 25, 2018 Southwood Drama attended a trip to Stratford, ON to celebrate the end of their year with Ms. Amy Cruickshank and Mr. Troy Dettwiler.

The students participated in a hands-on workshop on the Festival Theatre stage with some of the Festival’s actors from the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Next, the students had a lovely picnic lunch by the Avon River surrounded by picturesque nature. They got to try York Street Kitchen’s fresh sandwiches, and Boomer’s Fries famous gourmet fries…mmm.

Then, the students watched a matinee performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Festival Theatre. The performance blew them away because of the conviction, emotional depth and precision each of the actors portrayed in their roles.

From there the students were treated to a delicious Italian dinner at the swanky Pazzo Taverna & Pizzeria downtown.

After some evening shopping, the students watched the evening performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the Avon Theatre. The students were amazed at the high-energy, fast-paced choreography and incredible vocals by the entire cast. They were up in the aisles dancing along with the cast during the curtain call.

It was a memorable, fun-filled day with so many adventures that we will all remember for a very long time!

Here’s to 2018-19!

Southwood Drama Finalists for the 36th Annual Bernice Adams Culture and Community Awards

On Thursday, May 24,  2018 Southwood Drama attended the awards gala at the Galt Country Club for the Bernice Adams Memorial Awards with Ms. Amy Cruickshank, Ms. Vida Collis and Ms. Meghan Drummond.

Southwood Drama was nominated as a finalist in the “Outstanding Youth” category for the Bernice Adams Culture and Community Awards by the City of Cambridge for their contributions to their community this year for the 2nd Annual Galt Ghost Walk (October 2017), their contribution and performance light installation at the City of Cambridge’s UnSilent Night (December 2017) their consent community awareness night (January 2018), their consent performance #MeToo (September 2017-March 2018), and their work with Annabel Lee (September 2017-April 2018) for the National Theatre School Drama Festival of Ontario.

In addition, Ms. Cruickshank was also nominated as a finalist in the “Performing Arts” category.

The gala was an exciting opportunity for the team to dress up and celebrate the culmination of all of their hard work this year in the performing arts within their community.

Congratulations to all for this incredible accomplishment and community recognition!

 

 

Annabel Lee & #MeToo Win 5 Awards at the National Theatre School Drama Festival of Ontario – District Showcase

Congratulations SSS Drama!

Last week the Drama students participated in the National Theatre School Drama Festival of Ontario – District Showcase at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School in Waterloo.

Here are some photos from the production!

The festival lasted 5 nights (Tuesday–Saturday), and many schools from across Waterloo Region participated in showcasing the 12 shows. The week was an incredible learning opportunity for SSS Drama students who attended each of the 12 shows and learned so much more about theatre and production by supporting their peers each night.

SSS Drama brought two productions to the festival including their collaborative piece about consent called: #MeToo, and their adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe poem: Annabel Lee.
The student’s and staff’s hard work, and dedication was recognized and rewarded at the Awards Ceremony last Saturday night.

SSS Drama was honoured to receive the following awards by the festival adjudicator Darlene Spencer:

1) Award of Distinctive Merit for Lighting for Annabel Lee – Julia Kindred
2) Award of Distinctive Merit for Best Solo Vocal Performance for #MeToo – Molly Mück
3) District Award of Excellence for the entire ensemble for outstanding Choral Work and Breath work in #MeToo
4) District Award for Outstanding New Play for #MeToo
5) District Award for Outstanding Production for Annabel Lee – full cast and crew

SSS Drama’s Annabel Lee was one of the top three productions of the week and will be moving onto the Western Regional Showcase in Guelph for the week of April 16 – 21, 2018 at John F. Ross Secondary School in the Upper Grand District School Board.

The other schools who will be joining SSS at Regionals are St. Benedict CSS and Elmira DSS.

Well done SSS Drama!

First Performance of Annabel Lee

First Performance Annabel Lee

Our first public performance of Annabel Lee had an attendance of over 100 people at Southwood Secondary School. Thank you to all the parents, family, friends and community that came out to see the show on Friday February 23rd.

If you missed this performance, you can come see the show at the Ontario Drama Festival at Sir John A. Macdonald on Friday March 2nd at 7pm. Tickets available at the door, but show up early if you want a seat!

First Performance Annabel Lee
First Performance Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee First Performance
Annabel Lee First Performance