Live on Scene : PSO Drama Club’s Production
I was blessed to spend the evening taking in the final performance of the PSO Drama Club’s Production of Beauty & the Beast.
Congratulations on a successful week to the troupe, they were met with a standing ovation at the end of the closing performance.
After the performance I had a chance to catch up with Liam (cast as Maurice) and Megan (cast as Cogsworth).
They were able to tell me a bit more of the story of the emergence of the PSO Drama Club. Students were able to sign up for Drama as an elective class. There were a few different blocks of drama and in November work began on the idea to produce a play for the community. Folks from the various Drama Blocks all had the opportunity to sign up for the after school production.
The collective decided early on to produce a Musical. This was noteable because for many of the actors, this would be their last year in highschool. Given that the last production in 100 Mile was way back in spring 2020, there had been a shortage of opportunity to engage as part of a troupe! The production started out as an after class extension of Drama Blocks and eventually evolved into a full blown Drama Club. At that point the Production was able to open up the chance to join the troupe to other grades - the younger grades which don’t have Drama Electives.
In Liam and Megan’s estimate, the biggest challenge the troupe faced was the issue of timing. The troupe was faced with the decision to postpone or cancel the production back in January. This was when director Nikki was invited to take over and the Drama Club reformation occurred. The grade 8-9’s were invited in and what an incredible job Nikki has done in fostering the club after two difficult years without a local production. Liam and Megan spoke highly of her.
When asked who the biggest ally to the troupe was they both agreed it was Mrs.Kreschuk.
“She helped after school and even at lunch! She taught us all the songs, she was always helping us”
When asked what was the biggest challenge or opponent they had to overcome they both agreed it was Money! They wanted to give a gracious shout-out to all the sponsors of the event. They couldn’t have done it without help from the outside.
“The community support has been wonderful”
In the end, they learned they could do it. It was a huge success, the weekend sold out and the weekdays were practically a full house.
When asked what they see for the future of the Club, they concluded with great certainty that there will be more to come for the club in the future. Nikki has shown her dedication and is committed to moving forward in years to come.
Congratulations to the entire troupe, and special shout-out to Nikki who helped reform the Drama Club and brought us this wonderful production.