theater, play, McBride Secondary School theater
Granny Fanny delivering some sage advice to Marge with the hilarious assistance of Hattie Hogge.
Photo: Chris Parker

By Chris Parker

There is something magical about watching our children perform their school concerts, or ‘tread the boards’ for the first time. Such was the case with the production of “She Was Only Marginally Modest” by Vern Harden at McBride Secondary School in December. An enthusiastic crop of young actors were there for organizers Bob Thompson and Sharon Stearns to draw upon.

Juliana Vizza, Sasha Phillips, Molly Mortenson, Tristin Quam, Adaleena Mercuri, Austyn Pelton, Avery McGee, Hayley Taylor, Aksel Johnson, JD Cardinal, Jazmine Sharp, Dion Lachance, Austyn Pelton performed under the directorship of Ingrid Stengler. With these youngsters and many other students, parents and teachers participating on the crew, the magic of Dead Moose Lodge was brought alive. The witty two-act play set in the deep, dark woods of McBride brought many a laugh as the script unfolded. Some of the cast had improbable names like Monopoly Belle, Brad Apple, Hattie Hogge, Gladiola, Granny Pincher, Judge Jury McBribe, Seymour Stoutfellow, Willimena Worm, Turkey O’Trot and Ruben Z. Patsy; the more traditional Marge and MaBelle balanced things out.

All who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable time, and no doubt the acting bug was brought to life for both participants and future students. Many congratulations to all involved for a terrific effort. Ms. Stearns or Mr. Thompson may be calling soon…