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Drama@Ross winter productions open to the public this January

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2017

GUELPH, Ontario – This January, the Drama Department at John F. Ross CVI will present a number of productions, which explore stigma, acceptance, and more.

From January 15 to 19, 2018, three productions will be presented in the E.L. Fox Auditorium and open to the public.

The first production is called The Rehearsal by Don Zolidis and is directed by Ms. Lisa MacNeil and performed by Ross’s junior acting class. This 35-minute play follows a young teacher who tries to pull off a production of Guys and Dolls. But putting a musical together is never easy, especially with a megalomaniacal stage manager, a lead who’s convinced that Wicked is a much better show, and a girl who is clinically incapable of following directions (she has a doctor’s note to prove it). And to make matters worse, there aren’t nearly enough guys to be the Guys. A hilarious and poignant look behind the scenes of a drama club production filled with — what else? — lots of drama.

The second production, Trapped, by Tom Slater is directed by Samantha North, a student in our directing program. This 50-minute play follows Eric as he falls in love with Meg. However, Meg doesn’t feel the same. It’s not that Eric isn’t smart, attractive, sensitive or a great all-around person, it’s just that he happens to be a transgender boy which Meg will have no part of. The story follows Meg, her friends and Eric as they navigate their way through this difficult and enlightening time. Trapped is a love story for all pronouns.

The third production, Out in the Open is written by critically acclaimed Canadian playwright Dave Deveau and directed by Tom Slater. This 45-minute production uses humour to discuss serious subjects using teenage vernacular: homosexuality, stigma and acceptance. 


About Drama@Ross

Drama@Ross has a long and rich tradition of providing educational and entertaining plays for its audiences.  At Ross, we use drama as an educational tool to support learning and are proud of what we offer our elementary and secondary panels year in and year out. Drama@Ross has been recognized with countless awards throughout the years including representing Canada, on four different occasions, internationally, as one of the top 10 productions in the world as adjudicated by the International Thespian Society, a part of the Educational Theatre Association.


For more information:

Tom Slater
John F. Ross CVI

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