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Festival Voices: Plays Written by Students and Teachers for the Ontario Drama Festival

Festival Voices: Plays Written by Students and Teachers for the Ontario Drama Festival
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Last Copy!
Edited by: Wayne Fairhead & Jane Gardner
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0887549055
ISBN-13: 9780887549052

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Festival Voices: Plays Written by Students & Teachers for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival is a unique and exciting collection of plays edited by Wayne Fairhead and Jane Gardner. A must-have for all drama teachers and drama enthusiasts. The book is not only a showcase of the best student plays, it is also ideal resource for schools to have their students study and perform something beyond the ordinary.

The Ontario Drama Festival, formerly known as the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, and now known as the as the National Theatre Ontario Drama Festival, is the oldest and largest youth drama festival of its kind in the world. Since its inception, students and teachers from across Ontario have been writing new, original plays to showcase their talents at the Ontario Drama Festival, the province's largest and most prestigious student theatre festival.

Collected in Festival Voices are eight original one-act plays that were chosen by editors Wayne Fairhead and Jane Gardner from 60 plays performed as part of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. They looked for excellence in writing, plays that engaged the audience, and themes that would relate to teenage actors.

The Disposables by teacher Jennifer Benson and students Emily Tisi and Cassandra Van Wyck is a the green-themed play that takes place in the contrasting worlds of Burbia, where life is perfect and ordered, and the toxic place of the castaways, called the Land Where All the Garbage Goes. It was first performed by students from E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill in 2007.

Enter My Goddess by teachers Carmela Arangio and Marguerite Jack-Vermey presents the stories of 7 contemporary women struggling through life's obstacles and guided by the voices of their ancestors, all woven together through beautiful movement and the resonating beat of the drum. It was first performed by cast of 25 female students from Notre Dame High School in Toronto in 2004.

How Nous Avons Met by John Anthony Nabben, then a student teacher from the University of Windsor, tells the story of three English-speaking boys who meet three French-speaking girls and how they try to be together despite not speaking the same language. It was first performed by students from École secondaire l'Essor in Tecumseh in 2004.

The Impressionist Wing by student Mia Rose Yugo was first performed by students from Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto in 2009.

Leaving Hope by teacher BJ Castleman was first performed by students from Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute in Scarborough in 2001.

Pie in the Sky by student Livia Berius was first performed by students from Northern Secondary School in Toronto in 2001.

We All Fall Down is a serious drama by teacher Brenna McAllister. A portrait of addiction and street kids, it explores the lives of teen runaways living on the streets of Toronto. It was first performed by students from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catherines in 2006.

Whitechapel with book and lyrics by student Maya Bielinski, and music by students Don Rankin and Charles Hoppner, was first performed by students from Bell High School Nepean in 2008.

About the Editors:

Wayne Fairhead was a teacher for thirty-eight years, teaching and advising at all levels. He was the executive director of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival for more than 35-years and was the consulting director of Educational Services for the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto from 2006 to 2007.

Jane Gardner is the general manager of Carousel Players, a TYA touring company located in St. Catharines, Ontario. She previously managed the Blyth Festival and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and is a former executive director of Theatre Ontario.