Students from the Lampman High School Drama Club performed The Moustache at the recent provincial drama festival in Regina, and several of them brought home medals.
Elusha Baird won the stage management honour, Dustin Kautz captured a lighting award, Taylor Grimes brought home a costume recognition, and Darian Freeden won a Debbie Baker cheer award. Also, Sam Paxman, who had the lead role of Phil Stevenson, won a general acting award.
It's not the first time that Paxman has received an honour at provincials. Last year she won an outstanding acting award for her work in Boy meets Girl: A Young Love Story.
Drama instructor Christine Branyik-Thornton noted that students involved with The Moustache received a rousing standing ovation from the audience even before the curtain call.
“They were fabulous,” said Branyik-Thornton. “We had such a responsive audience. People were on their feet, and they were clapping between the scenes. There was lots of audience interaction. It was a great show.”
The Lampman students saved their best production of The Moustache for provincials, she said, and Branyik-Thornton viewed it as one of the best performances for Lampman drama at provincials in the last 10 years.
Regina Riffle won the best overall production award – an honour that Lampman won last year.
“We all are in agreement that the show that won – a clown show from Riffle High School, which was written and directed and performed by a Grade 12 student – was something that you see once in a lifetime in theatre,” said Branyik-Thornton. “It was a beautiful, beautiful piece of work.”
Branyik-Thornton is pleased that the Lampman students recognized exemplary theatre when they saw it. It reflects maturity and sportsmanship, she said.
Lampman School's drama club has been a mainstay at provincials for a number of years, and Branyik-Thornton attributed their success to a strong sense of ensemble, and knowledge being passed down from year to year.
“We're very cognizant that our senior actors and our senior technicians pass on their knowledge actively to the junior level,” said Branyik-Thornton. “And therefore we always maintain an equilibrium over the years. And that's a large part of our success.”
Six tech workers will graduate this year, and Branyik-Thornton said they have been pro-actively trying to find their replacements.