A collection of Grade 10 students from R.D. Parker Collegiate got a chance to showcase their acting chops on Feb. 2 at the Letkemann Theatre, where they performed a one-act play that served as their final exam for the semester.
The play, titled Of Heroes and Villains, was written by the students themselves and followed the story of several comic book characters struggling to figure out where they fit on the moral barometer of good versus evil.
Unlike a similar exam performance from back in June 2017, the heroes, villains and anti-heroes on display this past Thursday were original characters of the students’ own creation, with inventive names such as Meme-Man, Neuro-Spark and Looter Sanchez.
Once the performance wrapped up, RDPC drama teacher Demaris Wilson took to the stage to really hammer home how hard these students worked on this production.
Not only did they manage to put everything together in four weeks, but Demaris also pointed out that they had to overcome some significant setbacks, like fellow actors dropping out of the production due to injury.
“From script writing, to costume design, to weekend rehearsals, they have risen to the occasion,” Demaris wrote in the play’s program. “I am incredibly proud of how far these actors have grown this semester. They are truly a creative and artistic group.”
Demaris finished off the night by handing out awards to her students, with Zack Brenton, Tristan Bickel and Annie Woodard winning the “most improved,” “best one-man show” and “best evil laugh” categories, respectively.