By Garrett Simmons
Lethbridge School Division
Audiences will be swept away to a magical world this weekend, as Chinook High School presents Munsch At Play.
Students will bring to life classic Robert Munsch stories such as Mortimer, The Mud Puddle, 50 Below Zero and The Paper Bag Princess, just to name a few.
According to Duane Piper, drama teacher at Chinook, there was a clear goal set out for the production, right from the outset.
“When I was choosing a play to do for this fall, I really wanted to do something magical, because I feel like theatre is magic, and the most wonderful thing happens when you do theatre for young audiences,” he said.
Students acting in the play, along with those behind the scenes, have pulled out all the stops to put the finishing touches on a production sure to amaze audiences, according to Piper.
“I think that all the actors that you are going see on this stage, and all of the technicians that have worked hard on this story, they all had a moment when they were little kids, when they watched a play and went, ‘wow, that’s incredible,’ and that has let them now to a point where they are able to put on a production for 340 little kids every night,” said Piper. “Our hope is they can pass that on the next generation and there will be kids in the audience who will see this production and they will have their own ‘wow’ moment.”
The on-stage magic has a lot to do with the Chinook actors. However, Piper added a technological twist will help audiences get into the Munsch mania in very unique way.
“My directorial concept for this play was magic. So many things happen in this play where you go, ‘wow, how did they do that,’ or ‘wow, that’s incredible, that’s magic,’ and a big part of that is projection mapping. Here at Chinook High School, we’re one of the few places that can use a technology called projection mapping. We have a high-powered projector and we have a staff member here who is incredible, here name is Stefanie Desrochers, and she does all of our projections for us.”
Large white columns hanging from the rafters above the stage have been mapped out, to allow technicians to project different things at different times. In essence, projection mapping takes the place of traditional props.
“A lot of the magic of the world of Munsch comes in through the projections,” said Piper. “We also have some old-fashioned tech. We have some fog machines and confetti canons, all of that good stuff too.”
Tickets for Munsch at Play are $5, and children under the age of three are free.
Showtimes are Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Munsch at Play continues Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets available at the door or at https://lethbridge.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Index