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OSS drama club to perform musical revue ‘One Short Day’
Students in the drama club at Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) are busy rehearsing a musical revue that they’ll bring to the stage at the beginning of May.
“One Short Day: A Musical Revue” is described as, “Where high school musical meets The Wizard of Oz.”
Teacher Sarah Gilchrist, is directing the show. She also wrote the script.
Gilchrist said she tailored the script to the talents of the individual students who got the parts. It also features popular music.
One Short Day has an all-female cast of 13 actors and singers and about five more students are involved as crew behind the scenes doing lighting, sound and stagehand work.
Teacher Catherine Scott is also working on the production.
The extracurricular production involves students from every grade, though most are from Grade 11 and 12, said Gilchrist.
“They put in tons of time,” she said. “We started rehearsing at the beginning of February, usually three times a week, if not four. They’ve committed lunch hours. It’s a pretty big commitment for them.”
The drama club is only doing one production this year, Gilchrist said.
This year there are four performances at the theatre at OSS – a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on the Saturday.
Tickets are $5 and are available at Yore Movie Store and at OSS.
The revue is called “One Short Day” because the story takes place over a 24-hour period, Gilchrist explains.
It’s set at a high school in today’s time. A girl who is new to the school finds out there are auditions for a musical of the Wizard of Oz and she considers auditioning. A rival girl wants to stop her. The new girl has a dream she is in Oz and her adventures there help her decide about auditioning.
Student and singer-songwriter Kayla Turnbull, who recently gained attention in CBC’s Searchlight songwriter competition, will play the lead role.
Gilchrist hopes people will buy tickets in advance and is even more hopeful that performances will sell out.
The shows are a fundraiser for the school’s drama department, which has suffered from staff turnover in the past.
“There hasn’t been a lot of accumulation of costumes and set pieces,” said Gilchrist. “So I’m kind of going from scratch and all the proceeds from the tickets go towards providing more resources for the kids. We had wonderful support last year. We did it by donation. We didn’t have full houses, but people were very generous with their donations. This year we are making it $5, which is fairly affordable and we hope that we are able to capture more audience from the town to come out and support us.”