Russell High School student Everett Rama performs in Weekend Pass.













(Pictured above: Russell High School student Everett Rama performs in Weekend Pass.)

Russell High School Production
Weekend Pass Advances to
Sears Ontario Drama Festival
East Region Showcase

April 12, 2017 (Cornwall) – The Russell High School  (RHS) production Weekend Pass has qualified for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival East Region Showcase. The play advanced after being named "Outstanding Production" and winning three major awards last week at the Sears Seaway District Drama Festival, held at St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall.

The original production, about the lives of six young recruits at a three-week Canadian Armed Forces boot camp, won awards of excellence for original script (students Ryan Oriwol and Mitchell Ansell), acting (Ethan Brydon) and acting and original song (Everett Rama), said Seaway Festival Coordinator Al Merizzi. The RHS cast, rounded out by students Aidan Friend, Jason Wade, Bradly Roy, Morgan McKinley and Paola Ceballos, will compete in the regional event April 26 - April 29 at the Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall. RHS will take to the stage on opening night, Wednesday, April 26.

Weekend Pass was one of our best entries,” said Merizzi of the play. “It impressed the adjudicator with its originality, strong performances, and clean, smooth transition of sets by the team’s stage crew.”

The one-act play grew out of a five-minute summative project for an RHS drama class, eventually becoming the 33-minute award-winning production. The accolades mean that Russell will be heading to the regional event for the fifth time in seven years.

“We are very proud to be moving on to the regionals to represent Russell High School and the Upper Canada District School Board,” said Weekend Pass Director Kevin Kennedy. “We also want to thank Mr. Merizzi and the St. Lawrence students for running a great district festival."

The four-day district festival hosted nine plays presented by six schools throughout the Seaway region. Upper Canada District School Board teams won 13 out of 21 dramatic awards.

(For a full list of winners, please see the attachment at top right)

Originally Posted April 12, 2017

Updated on Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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Contact Information
Festival Coordinator Al Merizzi
St. Lawrence Secondary School
Phone: (613) 933-8410