The Carleton Place High School (CPHS) Drama Team recently participated in the National Theatre School Drama Festival – Ontario (formerly known as the Sears Drama Festival) held from May 9 to May 12 in Cambridge, Ont.
The elite competition saw 12 schools perform over a four-day period. Each school was presented with an Excellence of Production Award given for making it to the top level. In addition to this, the CPHS comedic performance and overall presence earned them a secondary award for Theatrical Joy. This award went to a single team that showed true happiness and positivity throughout their production and time at the competition.
The adjudicator, Erin Brubacher who is a director, multidisciplinary artist and educator, told the cast at the time of their award, “being in a room with you guys and experiencing the joy that you had in the work you were doing together is really one of the most beautiful things I have experienced this weekend.”
“During their performance the cast played off each other’s energy on stage and fed off the enjoyment and energy of the audience, earning them a standing ovation for their best show this season,” said CPHS drama teacher and coach Heather Mortimer.
CPHS earned their admission to the provincial showcase after receiving an Outstanding Production award at the Ontario East Region competition. Student Director Shamus Merkley earned an Award of Excellence for his work at this show, in addition to the Award of Excellence Kristian Johnson received for his acting skills. At the district level, the group won an Outstanding Production award with Johnson, Merkley and Hailey Lafleur Belle all receiving individual Awards of Merit and Distinction. The costuming team also won an Award of Excellence at the district showcase.