A musical, a classic comedy or a modern drama are all possibilities for Ridley College’s two major productions every year. This year in the fall Ridley drama produced “The Comedy of Errors” and in the winter they are producing the British musical “Blood Brothers”. In the months leading up to Opening Night there are endless hours of preparation. Auditions began in November and ever since there have been rehearsals, production meetings, and design sessions. In the two months leading up to the musical I will be posting a series of videos showcasing what goes into creating a production such as “Blood Brothers”. In this video Jackie and Jaime show us the beginning of the design process for costumes and the set:
“Blood Brothers” opens February 22nd and tells the story of the Johnstone twins, Mickey and Eddie, brothers separated at birth who reunite and become friends in their childhood, unaware of their relation to each other or of the consequences their relationship will bring about.
In their first year as members of the International Thespians Society, Ridley Theatre students recently competed at the Michigan State Thespian Festival. The students competed in various categories including solo and group performance, musical theatre, dance, film and design technology. Competitors received either a good, excellent or superior ranking from the judges. Out of our nine students competing, Jacqueline O’Rourke received an excellent ranking and five of our students were ranked superior: Luis Lopez-Guzman, Maia Bidodchka, Jade Biggar and Eric Gordon (Duet Acting) and Matt Cairns for his solo vocal performance from Jesus Christ Superstar (Matt received a standing ovation for his solo from over one thousand American theatre majors). These six students have been invited to compete in the 50th annual National Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June. Ridley College was the only Canadian school in attendance and had proportionally the most students to go onto the nationals.
Jade Biggar and Eric Gordon performed Act II Scene II of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew during assembly on Thursday:
Today in chapel we had the pleasure of listening to the musical talents of our students. The Grade Eight string players joined the Upper School students and played two songs, the Ridley singers performed two Christmas songs and the choir gave us a preview of the annual Nine Lessons and Carols Services that will be held on December 15th and 16th at 5pm in the Memorial Chapel. Take a look at the video:
Ridley drama is set to present “The Comedy of Errors” October 26th and 27th and November 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm in the Mandeville Theatre.
“The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities ensue.
Tickets are $10 and available at Hank’s by calling 905-684-1889, ext. 2243.