Dramafest Auditions

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

Yes! It is that time of the year again Mac! Dramafest is fast approaching and auditions are this week! There are multiple shows this year and actors are needed! Don’t worry if you have no experience in drama, this is your chance to start!

This year we are having auditions for two shows, the first “An Original One Act” written and directed by Lochlann Kerr and Cassandra Pryer which is looking for a cast of eight people. We are also looking for a cast of 4 people for “The Spotted Man” directed by Alan Han and John Cervantes.

Auditions will be happening at lunch on Monday, February 27th and Wednesday, March 1st. Remember auditions are open to all and we welcome everyone to come out and audition. These will be joint auditions which means you can audition for one of the shows or both! There is no need to sign up ahead of time, simply show up, audition, and leave some information on how to contact you.

We hope to see you there!

 

​Kiss Me Kate Interview – Radaypuk S

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

Cassandra Pryer: Hi! Let’s start with- what is your name, grade and role? Could you give a brief description of your role without giving too much away?

Radaypuk S: My name is Radaypuk and I am in grade twelve. A brief description of my role, this is so confusing, basically I am an actor that acts in a play. I play the role of Harry who plays the role of Baptista in the play within the play.

CP: How did you react to getting you role?

RS: I was so happy! This is my time to shine! 

CP: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?

RS:  What I like about my role is that I able to be strict because in real life I am very relaxed and composed but in my role, very strict because I am Kate and Bianca’s father, but Harry is also relaxed as well. 
CP: How long have you been doing theatre/drama?
RS: Three years now, I started when I came to Mac. I never used to like theatre because I wasn’t really aware of what it truly was but I love it now! 

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​Kiss Me Kate Interview – Morgan Thomas

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer
Cassandra Pryer: Hello! What is your name, grade and role? Could you give a brief description without giving too much away?
Morgan Thomas: My name is Morgan Thomas, I am in grade eleven, and I play one of the gangsters. My character, along with the other gangster, acts as the antagonist in a way. We’re not really evil, but we definitely cause conflict in the beginning more so than in the end. At the end, without spoiling it, we are less of a problem. 
CP: How did you react to getting your role?
MT: Well, I didn’t expect at all that I was going to get the Gangster. It wasn’t even a role that I considered but when I got it I was extremely honoured and gracious to have a part. Especially a part that so many people wanted, so I was very honoured that Mrs. Williams even considered me for the part. 
CP: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?
MT: It is a very comedic role, so it is very fun and it is easy to play with as you can interpret the character and what they say in different ways. You can take a more offensive approach or a more innocent approach with the gangsters. So I actually kind of have a balance between the two of them, not making it too inappropriate. That will make more sense when you see it.

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​KMK Interview- Emmanuel Sackeyfio

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer
Megan Macasaet: What is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of the role without giving too much away?

Emmanuel Sackeyfio: Hello, my name is Emmanuel Sackeyfio, and I’m in grade ten. I play Gremio…who is known as Gremio on and off the stage. 

MM: Ha! There really is no mention of the character’s real name off the stage! How did you react to getting your role?

ES: I originally auditioned for Bill, the lead male role, but I ended up getting Gremio instead. At first, I was a bit upset. In the end it didn’t matter ibecause it’s an honour just to be casted into this show. Besides, there’s always next year for me. 

MM: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to the stage?

ES: On stage, I just hope I don’t mess up. As for the role, it’s very different from the characters I have played previously. So it’s like a new adventure and challenge for me. 

MM: So you have theater experience? How long have you been doing drama? 

ES: I’ve been in a variety of productions, from church plays to school plays. I started when I was seven… so I have been doing theater for quite a while.

MM: Why did you want to join this year’s musical?

ES: Since I’ve been acting for a while, it has become a big part of my life. So I thought to myself: Why stop now?

MM: I agree! What do you enjoy about theater?

ES: It’s fun! There is nothing I would rather do than theater. Here, you can make friends easily, as it’s just a welcoming environment. 

MM: What are some of the challenges/scary moments you’ve faced so far in this show?

ES: Learning the dance number “Too Darn Hot“ was extremely difficult. There`s just so much going on and some of the choreography is challenging. 

MM: Can you describe the show in five words or less?

ES: An interesting experience for all. 

MM: What’s your favourite line of the production?

ES: Fred (Navneet’s) line: “I’m a realistic actor!”, is such a powerful line in the musical in my opinion. 

MM: What is your favourite scene/number to rehearse or watch?

ES: To rehearse: “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”. To watch: “Too Darn Hot.”

MM: What is the one thing you want everyone outside the cast to know about our cast/ production in general?

ES: We’re very strange and rambunctious. But we’re not the extreme, stereotypical “Theater Kids”. We just kind of share the same interests, so we can relate to one another that way. 

MM: What kind of audience would enjoy this show?

ES: All audiences! Young adults. Small children. Those people who hate birds. People who dislike anything Shakespearian. Actors. Non-actors.  

MM: Yes! Last question: Why do you think people should come watch the musical?

ES: We’ve put a lot of work into the entire production. Hours and hours of work. The least you could do is come and see it! It’ll be a fun time for all!

KMK Interview Questions- Eunice Gatama

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer

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Megan Macasaet: Hello Eunice, thanks for taking the time to do this! Let’s start with…what is your name, grade, and role? Could you also give a brief description your role without giving too much away?

Eunice Gatama: Hi my name is Eunice Gatama. I am in grade 12 and I play the role of Lois Lane/Bianca in the musical Kiss Me Kate. Okay, so Lois Lane in my opinion is an opportunist- she knows that to make it in a “Man’s World” is through their pockets, if you know what I mean. Yeah, she is a bit brazen. However I like her spunk and hunger to be something more.

MM: Ha! Lois has quite the personality, that’s for sure. So how did you react to getting your role?

EG: It’s a funny and short story. I was on the train on the way to church and I was jamming to some gospel music while refreshing the Google classroom page. Literally my fingers would tap refresh, refresh and at the millionth time of doing so, the cast list was up! I was ecstatic to find out I got the role, still am.

MM: What do like about you role and what do you hope to bring to it?

EG: I hope to be authentic and comfortable on stage. To me, I don’t just want to play the role, but actually be her. The stage is her world, so I want to make it as real as possible. I know I can!

MM: This is your second time being in MAC’s year play, but I hear that you’ve been doing theatre much longer than that.

EG: Yes, I have been involved in theatre since age twelve. Though it feels like most of my life.

MM: What do you enjoy about theatre?

EG: Everything! Let me explain, everyone has that one thing they’re great at; it’s something that fills you with bright confidence. I gained that through being part of the theatre program. My will to reach for greatest, to some extent, is credited to being in theatre. People find me naturally confident and extroverted, when in fact, I consider myself very shy when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. Drama made me believe I could do it.

MM: That’s all very touching. I’m sure many of us in this year’s production can relate. Speaking of the show… Describe the musical in five words or less.

EG: Comical, Jazzy, modern, brazen, unforgettable!

MM: Good ones! What kind of audience would enjoy this show?

EG: The type of people who will crack up at the jokes and want to have a wonderful time. Duh!

MM: Lastly, why do you think people should come watch the musical?

EG: It’s one night, one ticket, for an amazing performance done by more than one individual. So come support us!

MM: I couldn’t agree more!

 

The Crazy Event That Is Nanowrimo

Amanda de Boer, Staff Writer

Everyone has said that they will one day write a novel though they continuously find excuses to get out of it. However, there’s an event called Nanowrimo that pushes people to write that novel that they have always dreamed of.

Nanowrimo challenges those that sign up to write 50 000 words in a month. Now, I understand that, to many, it sounds like a daunting and impossible task but it’s not as impossible as it sounds-just a mere 1667 words a day. However, if that still seems like too much work, they do offer a program to people seventeen and younger called the Young Writers Program. Here you have the option to choose how many words you want to write in November. If Nanowrimo sounds like something you would like to do I insist you sign up. (I mean come on it’s free.) All you have to do is go to their website, Nanowrimo.org, and click sign up. From there just follow the steps and then you’re on your way to writing a novel!

For many people the first couple of days are a breeze. The ideas are still bright and fresh and the sleep deprivation from late nights of writing hasn’t caught up to them yet. Although for the vast majority of people, the writing slump comes soon after. Don’t worry if this happens because the lovely people from Nanowrimo have got your back. Every week on their YouTube channel, they hold a live stream that encourages people to write by doing things called “word sprints.” Word sprints give you a prompt and then a timer is set for 5 to 10 minutes. The goal is to write as many words as possible and resist the urge to edit any mistakes right away. They also hold word sprints throughout the day on their Twitter. As well, during the month there are meet-ups in the libraries around the city.

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Get Your Tickets For Kiss Me Kate!

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer

The countdown for the opening night is on! Only 13 more days until the show premiers!

Do you know what that means MAC? Tickets are on sale at the business office today, that’s right! $10 for students (including university students). And $15 for non-students (aka adults.) Mark your calendars! This year’s musical runs December 14-17 at La Cité Francophone from 7:30-10:00pm. Stay tuned for special discounts offered by the drama department!

 

A Production That’s Just ‘Too Darn Hot’

Emily Redmond, Staff Writer

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Hartford Stage Production of Kiss Me Kate

This year at Mac our drama students are proud to present what is sure to be a fantastic musical called Kiss Me Kate. Mrs. Williams is directing the revival of the Broadway musical, which includes a comical plot and an evening filled with song, dance and so much more. The award-winning musical includes a masterly crafted score by Cole Porter, which will accompany the play live with a band composed of some of MAC’s most talented musicians. This helps to make the exciting production even more compelling! The song list includes Broadway classics such as ‘Why Can’t You Behave’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, and so many more that will have you humming the melodies for days after you’ve seen your peers take their bows. What makes the play so unique is its unusual set and plot. It begins with the introduction of some stage crew and actors who are all hastily preparing for their musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. More information about the characters and the seemingly disastrous show is revealed as it shows the parallels between Shakespeare’s play and the character’s lives behind the scenes.  Continue reading

KMM Interview 1: Navneet Chand

14572416_10154192140318649_6957044249720310654_nMegan Macasaet: Hello! Let’s start with, what is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of your role, without giving too much away?

Navneet Chand: Hi! My name is Navneet Chand, I’m currently in Grade 12, and I star as the character Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate. Fred Graham is an all-around superman that lives, breathes, and sleeps theatre. The title of the show, Kiss Me Kate, actually comes from one of his lines to his ex-wife, the female lead—Lilli Vanessi. Lilli plays Katherine in his up and coming musically-morphed production of The Taming of the Shrew in which he plays Katherine’s love interest, Petruchio.

MM: What do like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?

NC: Fred Graham is a very multifaceted character, his range of emotions and passions drives me to be excited every rehearsal. I hope to present all those levels of Fred’s being to the audience by displaying that there is more to this writer, producer, director, actor, and superman than just a smug grin. Continue reading

Get To Know Your Kiss Me Kate Cast

Megan Macasaet, Staff Writer

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This year’s production of Kiss Me Kate is now in full swing. In the next few weeks leading up to opening night, Macsource will be releasing behind-the-scenes interviews with this talented crew. These interviews will give you the opportunity to get to know the lovely people who make this production happen. Three writers of Macsource: Cassandra Pryer, Julia Menard, and Megan Macasaet have teamed up to bring you this exclusive look into the production.

Make sure to catch this year’s musical, December 14-17 at La Cité Francophone. Tickets go on sale in November and each show runs from 7:30-10:00pm.