Homelinks prepares spring production

Audiences of all ages are invited to this year’s Homelinks theatrical production, A Spring Mosaic.

Homelinks students will present their take on The Legend of Cowboy Ninja Bear as part of their spring theatrical production on Thursday.

Audiences of all ages are invited to this year’s Homelinks theatrical production, A Spring Mosaic.

This year, Homelinks students aged four to 15, under the guidance of program coordinator Catherine Locke, have split into four equal groups by age to present their first student-designed shows. “Homelinks students are well versed in theatrical presentations and, given the liberty to shape their own performances this year has proven to be a process of student-led, creative teamwork,” Locke says.

Each group chose their own story to bring to life, a cast list was created, and actors spent some time discussing the casting and audition process. The task was then set for them to cast themselves. Was this difficult? No, says Allison Girvan, who along with Kate Tate and Miriam Mason Martineau facilitated this year’s experiential process.

“Once the roles were explained to them, they were amazingly collaborative and expressed both what interested them and what they thought each other capable of. Many students know each other really well — know each other’s strengths. Even so, it was surprising how quickly and skillfully they were able to cast each story.”

Other elements of production were presented similarly: Becca Hunter introduced concepts of props and set and Toinya Sammartino navigated the discussion on costuming. With their guidance, the actors again dove in to contribute ideas and materials for staging their stories.

“Another aspect that has been delightful to behold is how constructive, discerning and caring the actors have been while providing feedback with one another along their collective journey of putting together this show,” says Mason Martineau. “Such a beautiful blend of humor, sensitivity and creativity.”

Tait echoes this enthusiasm: “It is so fun to work with young people who have such energy and zeal for storytelling. Our youngest group of four to seven year olds are thrilled to be performing, some of them for the first time.”

The actors are excited to have an audience join them to travel back in time to visit Captain Blackbeard in their stage version of The Time Warp Trio: Not So Jolly Roger, journey through a wardrobe in a condensed adaptation of C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, blend comedy, music and dance in Cinderella Retold and discover the importance of friendship in their take on The Legend of Cowboy Ninja Bear.

You can catch the performance of these four theatrical presentations Thursday at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Covenant Church (702 Stanley St.)

 

Just Posted

RDCK approves loan request to remediate Salmo tailings site

The H.B. Mine tailings pond poses a risk of toxic contamination

VIDEO: John Dooley elected Nelson’s mayor

Logtenberg, Anderson, Woodward, Renwick, Morrison and Page elected to council

15 new mayors to take office across the Kootenays

Here’s a look at the highlights from across the Kootenay region in B.C.

Castlegar voters choose Tassone as new mayor

All incumbent councillors also returned

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

Voter turnout at 36% in B.C.’s municipal election

Vancouver saw 39% turnout, Surrey saw 33%

Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day seven of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

The online auction features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, with the sale scheduled for 31 October and 8 November.

In Khashoggi case: Saudi calls, ‘body double’ after killing

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage.

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur waives right to preliminary hearing

Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been ordered to stand trial on eight counts of first-degree murder.

N.B. village faces backlash after council raises ‘straight flag’

Chipman Mayor Carson Atkinson says the flag met the village council’s criteria because it “recognizes, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Most Read