Where: St. Matthew High SchoolDirector: Student Romuald JeanFumi ShibutaniCritic,Elmwood SchoolA kitchen is the heart of the home where food, salt and love come together. But where does a princess fit into the picture When asked how much she loves her father, a princess replies, I love you more that food loves salt.
Her response infuriatesher father, resulting in her banishment from the kingdom. As she struggles to adjust to her new life as a kitchen maid, she learns about cooking, love and friendship along the way.Sprinkled with humour and saturated with pop-culture references, St.
Matthew High Schools production of was a light-hearted fairy tale, blending drama, dance and music into a unified piece.Isabella, Cap o Rushes, played by Colleen Ryan, demonstrated strong vocal ability and stamina throughout the show. Scenes in which she seamlessly transitioned from delighted to sombre showcased her acting abilities.
Her romantic interactions with Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil) were believable, expressing the sincerity of young love. Her quick costume changes within a scene were impressive and her lines were delivered with elegance and grace.Alongside her were the Watchers Gus and Glen, played by Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude.
The dynamic duo of the show, Goupil-Edma and Aoude brought enthusiasm, humour and zest to the stage, as seen in the song This is Where Youre Going. ClumsyGus and level-headed created an enjoyable synergy on stage.The Narrators (Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland) were another likeable pair, playing off each others energy and believably portraying the ups and downs of married life.
With their constant bickering and interjections, both Arsenault and Sutherland had strong onstage chemistry. They effectively broke the fourth wall by interacting with both the audience and characters on stage.Another standout wasCameron Colley, whose portrayal of King Lyam was dignified and wise.
His rich voice, with an emotional delivery, was a pleasant surprise.Student Romuald Jean skilfully directed the musical. His choice of alluding to modern-day and traditional characters made the show work fora high school audience.
His choice of set was simple but sophisticated. Sometimes a wall, other times a room divider; the same set pieces were used in multiple ways and remained structurally sound despite numerous set changes over the course of the show. Costumes were simple but paid attention to detail, with coloured embellishments and ornate crowns adorning the royal characters.
Lighting was well executed with spotlights consistently hitting their mark and coloured gels enhancing the overall mood of the piece. While the bright yellow-toned lighting gave a sense of warmth and homeliness in the kitchen and ballroom scenes, cooler-toned lighting provided a sense of solitude and reflectiveness.Replete with a cup of melodious singing, a dash of humour, and a pinch of physical comedy, St.
Matthew High Schools was a heart-warming production that tugged at heartstrings while teaching a life lesson about the true nature of a daughters love.K.C.
HoardCritic,Mother Teresa High SchoolEveryone knows the typical fairy tale plot: a fair maiden is down on her luck, but fortunately she seduces a handsome young prince to fall in love with her, and they all live happily ever after. In St. Matthew High Schools rendition of the little known English fairy tale of yore , however, the story was anything but conventional.
tells the story of a beautiful young princess who, upon being asked how much she loves her father, responds that she loves him as much as food needs salt. She is subsequently thrown out by her father the king due to her insolence. She then finds herself at the bottom of the social class, working for the king of another land as a lowly cook.
One day, however, she chances upon a ball thrown by the prince, and when the prince and princess lock eyes for the very first time, it is nothing less than love at first sight. promised a night of unforgettable song, dance, and joy, and it absolutely delivered. The production included excellent singing, impressive choreography, and a light-heartedness not often seen in modern theatre one could not keep a smile off their face throughout the entire evening.
Despite a few slip-ups here and there, was thoroughly entertaining, witty, and joyous.Colleen Ryan in the role of Princess Isabella anchored the stage around her and commanded the attention of the audience at all times. Her stunning beauty and haunting voice were hypnotizing, even when adorned in a dress made of rushes.
During Misunderstood, her facial expressions and graceful melodies embodied the character of the melancholy princess who had lost everything, and in Maybe Tonights the Night, her emotional range shone through.As the time-traveling Watchers, Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude provided a comical contrast to the sombre Isabella. Always ready with a joke or a dance move, both Watchers dominated the stage with their robust voices and impeccable comedic timing.
Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil) presented a memorable performance as the prince who just wanted to find the one he loved. An interesting addition to the play was the Narrators (Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland), a husband-wife duo who often broke the fourth wall to inform the audience of the goings-on of the play around them. Armed with playful sarcasm, they were a grounding force repeatedly making jabs at the absurdity that fairy-tales generally portray.
All the songs in the musical were original a tall order for a high school to manage successfully, yet the production was executed marvellously. The mishaps were kept to a minimum, and when they did occur they were barely noticeable. The sets were kept simple, which allowed the actors to command most of the attention, yet they were designed in such a way that the crew could switch the setting easily and quickly without taking away from the medieval tone of the production.
Particularly notable were the windows in the castle rooms, which were interacted with by the actors. The use of a live dog in several scenes while extremely difficult was executed flawlessly, and was a valuable addition to the cheerful tone of the musical.Filled to the brim with delightful song, dance and comedy, St.
Matthews production of was a heart-warming production sure to conjure laughs and smiles from any who see it. In rousing the child in all of the audience, gave new meaning to the phrase and they all lived happily ever after.Mei GrundisonCritic,Colonel By Secondary SchoolAt times, even the best of us wonder how much we are loved.
In the student-directed production at St. Matthew High School, audiences watched fate commandeer the life and love of a young princess searching for her identity.Cap o Rushes, adapted from an English folk tale by St.
Matthew teacher Fadi Diab, is a childrens musical comedy that was first performed in 1996. A king asks his three daughters to describe to what extent each loves him, and he is disappointed and offended by his third daughters answer: as much as food loves salt. Thus she is banished from the kingdom and forced to earn her keep in another castles kitchen.
After losing all the materialistic belongings she holds dear, will she be able to keep her chin up and turn her life aroundThe St. Matthew Drama Guilds rendition directed by student Romuald Jean poked fun at itself, exciting audiences with pop-culture references and dance trends. The team demonstrated great backstage effort and a large, coordinated cast and dance crew with fair comedic timing and few line slip-ups.
Colleen Ryan played the protagonist Princess Isabella and Cap o Rushes with the true spirit of a teenage daughter, simply misunderstood by those around her. She began as a frustrated and saddened victim of her fathers wrath, and on her journey to acceptance showcased her beautiful singing voice in multiple numbers, including a romantic duet with Hunter Langil as Prince Jerome.Narrator Bill (Trayton Sutherland) related well to audiences and displayed great energy with his accompanying Narrator, Maureen, played by Adrianna Arsenault.
While other characters carried the main storyline, the pair also brought their A-game by breaking the fourth wall often and getting involved in the mayhem. In a modern twist to the show, The Watchers Gus and Glen (Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude, respectively) broke it down with great dance moves and performance of This is Where Youre Going.Kitchen staff member Ruby McLoughlins wonderful miming sequence of cleaning the floor and invisible wall caught the audiences attention, as did Isabella Xiongs melodic voice as princess Trina.
In addition, Cameron Colley shone as ageing ruler and strict father, King Lyam. His splendid body language and characterization in terms of voice and movement made for a convincing image that tied the royal scenes together.Lighting, designed by Romuald Jean and executed by Quinton Belair, was simple but effective, and incorporated some gels to set the atmosphere of scenes.
With the many set changes, stage manager Kassandra Engmann impressively ensured that all were quiet and successful. Finally, it was evident that Romuald Jean directed the show well through the chefs realistic mimed cooking and organization of the backstage crew.To conclude, St.
Matthew High Schools hard work turned out a performance of that touched the audiences funny bone with its comedic cast and strong backstage teamwork.Madeline CuillerierCritic,Colonel By Secondary School. .
. Everyone is familiar with these fairy tales, but very few people know the story of . St Matthew High Schools musical production of the obscure English folk tale was a laugh-out-loud story of love, both romantic and familial.
Isabella (Colleen Ryan) is the youngest daughter of King Lyam (Cameron Colley). When he asks her and her sisters how much they love him, her answer fails to satisfy him and he throws her out of the castle. Distraught, she uses the bulrushes she finds in the marsh to cover her fine clothing and, under the musical guidance of the bizarre but entertaining Watchers, Gus (Emma Goupil-Edma) and Glen (Talia Aoude), she finds employment in the kitchen of a different castle under the name Cap o Rushes.
While working there, she attends a ball in secret, where she dances all night with the handsome Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil). The two fall in love, but will it prevail Or will Isabellas fear prevent her from pursuing the man she lovesThe production was student directed by Romuald Jean, who effectively used condescension and irony to take a play originally intended as childrens theatre, and refit it for high school students.Isabellas character is timid and unsure of herself, both traits which Ryans portrayal was able to capture and highlight.
Through her many solos, her voice carried the tunes nicely with very little hesitation, and her acting and characterization gave life to Isabellas growing confidence towards the end of the show.The story was carried by the two narrators, Bill (Trayton Sutherland) and Maureen (Adrianna Arsenault). They bounced jokes off one another in a way that truly enhanced the production, and spoke expressively throughout the production.
Also noticeable was the performance of Cameron Colley as one of the kitchen staff. Always in character, even when he was in the background, his gestures and loud voice emphasized the comedy of the show.A story has to take place somewhere, and the sets depicting the location of definitely got the job done.
Well crafted and painted, not only were they intricate, with several layers of flats at times and doors leading off stage, they were also used effectively by the actors on stage. Also worth mentioning was the lighting. While the occasional cue was missed, the spotlights were always steady and well-placed, and the colourful stage lights did a good job of pumping up numbers like Its a Celebration.
Overall, St. Matthew did a great job. Through nice characterization and excellent comedic timing, the cast brought the audience along on an enthusiastically heart-warming journey which, helped by the impressive sets, reminded them to never take the people they love for granted.
Anna McAllisterCritic, A.Y. Jackson Secondary SchoolSt.
Matthew High Schools musical production of successfully married a traditional fairy tale with modern comedy to create a charming, endearing performance.Based on the traditional Old English classic and adapted as a musical by Fadi Diab, is the tale of a young princess who must come into her own to discover what truly makes her happy. Set in a kingdom far away, a mighty king asks each of his three daughters to tell him how much they love him.
When his youngest daughter Isabellas answer is deemed inadequate, the king exiles her, sending her away to live in the forest. Lost and alone, Isabella fashions some clothes out of bulrushes, while happening upon two supernatural creatures with the powers to guide her to fulfill her destiny. Through song, dance and quick comedy, Isabella learns what is truly important to her and finds where she fits into the world.
Colleen Ryan played Isabella, showing both stamina and vocal range in her many singing performances. Ryans ability to stand alone on stage during many scenes stood out as she filled the stage with her acting abilities and vocal talent. Gus and Glen, the supernatural helpers, were played by Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude, playing off of each other to create an energetic atmosphere.
The narrators, played by Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland, peppered the performance with the humorous commentary of an old couple, while keeping the tale well paced and on track. Hunter Langil played a convincing lovesick prince while showing considerable emotional range through his characters development. The kitchen staff brought comedic relief to the tale and paired it with bubbly vocal performances to brighten the play during the darker times of the story as well as accompanying the lead harmoniously.
Charity Wessel played Natalie the lead chef, showing both emotional depth and comedic timing through her performance. King Lyam, played by Cameron Colley, brought forth a strong, fatherly character that anchored the play as he executed his role with confidence. Trina and Petina, played by Isabella Xiong and Miranda Barber, created an interesting sisterly dynamic through their performance and their duet, which featured both vocal harmonies and individual solos.
The show featured a wide variety of dancing styles choreographed by Hilary Kalinda, with everything from ballet to modern hip-hop being featured. This vast range of dance styles showcased the dancers talents and diverse abilities. The costumes and make up, done by Jessica Sloan and Adrianna Arsenault, were simplistic in nature, yet effective, bringing the fairy tale to life on stage.
The set, created by Romauld Jean, was versatile in displaying the many different locations in which the story takes place, while still filling the stage. The stage crew, led by stage manager Kassandra Engmann, was efficient in moving quickly and using the set and various props to create an inviting stage for each scene. Student director, Romauld Jean, took a classic piece of childrens theatre and modified it with a fresh twist to elevate it to the high school stage for a new audience to enjoy by adding elements of comedy and sarcasm to the production.
Overall, this production took all the ingredients necessary to make a great fairy tale and added their own twist, reinventing this old English tale while accomplishing strong performances in acting, dancing and singing.The production at St. Matthew High School was reviewed by 28 critics representing 13 schools.
The critic discussions were mentored by teacher Colleen Pierce-Price of Gloucester High School and student reviews were edited and selected for publication by teacher Stephanie Pearson of Holy Trinity Catholic High School, who could see only the reviews, not the names or schools of the reviewers.Next review: Ashbury Colleges production of The Citizen and 27 high schools are participating in the Cappies, a Washington, D.C.
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The four winners of the lead acting categories will receive a bursary provided by the national law firmGowlingLafleur Henderson LLP. Follow the Cappies on Twitter @OttawaCappies.