Audience peeks backstage with new Spencer production

Langford middle school brings teacher-penned story to the stage

Makyla Charlie

Get ready for some acting, singing and dancing teens to dazzle audiences with a fresh new script written just for them.

Spencer middle school students are on centre stage showing you behind the scenes in The Show Must Go On.

“In the show the audience will watch the audition process, people having personal issues, sound and lights and the actual production. It’s like a show within a show,” said Cynthia Berenyi, Spencer teacher and show’s writer, choreographer and director.

“People don’t know what it’s like behind the scenes. You can learn a lot about that in the show,” said Grade 9 student Cole Jackson, acting in his second musical theatre production.

When it comes to Spencer theatre performances, Berenyi puts pen to the paper and writes all the scripts herself.

“When I write it, I feel like I can incorporate everyone and give them all more parts,” she said. “We have a lot of different characters in here.”

The songs in the show are covers from the modern-day pop charts, including “Applause” by Lady Gaga, “Say Something” by A Great Big World and “Monster” by Rihanna.

Aside from telling the story of a theatre production being brought to life, there are several mini stories written into the script that spotlight such  things as energy drink addiction and eating disorders of the “cast” members.

There are 60 students involved in the production.

“There’s lots of dancing and singing and shiny costumes,” Berenyi said. “It’s really funny and we have some funny characters.”

The Show Must Go On plays March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at Isabelle Reader Theatre in Spencer middle school, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets call 250-474-1291.

charla@goldstreamgazette.com

Did you know?

• Spencer middle school is adding a musical theatre course to the Grade 8 and 9 curriculum next year.

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