The refurbishment of Addison Auditorium - completed in December 2017 as part of the Beedie Fine Art Centre - to a theatre with seating for 330+ with state-of-the-art equipment provided the perfect venue to showcase this year’s CHS Junior and Senior School productions: Seussical Jr. and Pride & Prejudice.
As always, the Junior School musical production put on by the Grade 6 and 7 girls was a fun and inclusive show, with 67 girls participating on-stage and off - including two Senior School girls as assistant director and make-up artist!
This year’s production, Seussical Jr., was a musical based on the beloved books by Dr. Seuss. The colourful characters and delightful songs offered plenty of fun, but the Grade 6 and 7 girls involved cite teamwork, dedication and support as deeper benefits. “I learned that when everyone does their best, it will work out. Even if someone forgets their lines, the audience doesn’t know that, and you can all work together and improvise. Mistakes are fine and they sometimes make it even better,” says Zoe Tallentire ’23.
“I’ve learned that hard work pays off,” says Isabella Pliska ’23, “When everyone knows every line and action, and exactly where to come in, it turns into such a great song. When you put in the work, the outcome is great.”
The Senior School put on a stage adaptation of the literary classic Pride & Prejudice, in association with St. George’s School and Point Grey Secondary School. The cast moved into the brand new theatre just weeks before the production opened, and immediately experienced how a purpose-built venue for music and acting made all the difference.
Playing Elizabeth Bennett in this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s well-loved classic was the chance to embody a long-admired character for Kristen Hopkins ’19. Since she arrived at Crofton House in Grade 8, Hopkins has been involved in the School’s productions and as a member of the improvisation team. The impact has been instrumental in both her personal and academic success.
“You have to learn how to stand confidently; how to push your energy out and give a really convincing presentation. Also, just the fact that in improv, nothing’s wrong and everything’s an opportunity. That’s a big lesson to learn in every aspect of your life. I have built my leadership skills so much, helping people who were less sure of themselves on stage to find their way”.