8:30 p.m., May 21)
juniors tackle computer virus with attitude
of the cast in OYP's 'When Parents Are Gone, What Could Go Wrong?' gather around
a computer to check an e-mail message. Fred Sherwin/Photo
throw a party and have an unvited guest show up? Well what if the unvited guest
happened to be a computer virus? That in a nutshell, is the premise of the Orleans
Young Players latest theatrical gem "When Parents Are Gone, What Could Go
Wrong?" put on by the school's junior class on Saturday.
Mel and Mike, played by Jill Gummo and Storm Bero, have been left in charge of
their parents' house while their younger sister has a sleep over party. After
the gang orders pizza, a pair of rockers from Mike's school show up unannounced
looking for a different kind of party. One with loud music and lots of food.
on their heels is next door neighbour Mrs. Wifflesniff who's played by Chelsea
Nickerson. While everyone's still in the house the kids receive an e-mail, presumably
from their parents. But just as they go to open it, the lights flicker and the
front door jammed closed, locking them all which is when Morgana the computer
virus makes her first appearance.
Ricky the pizza delivery guy, played by Scott Gusdal, tries to defrag the computer,
he's tricked into going upstairs by Snake and Raven, the two rockers, who have
been "recruited" by Morgana.
for the kids, Mrs. Whifflesniff is actually a secret agent who has been trying
to track down Morganna for years. Once Ricky frees himself from the closet, the
kids race to defrag the computer and send Morgana back to wherever she came from.
The pizza guy finally gets to make his other deliveries and the rocker dudes go
off in search of a real party.
Parents Are Gone, What Could Wrong?" was a delight with several great lines
like, "Go away lady, you're ruining our sleepover".
and large the kids did a great job, although there were a few extended pauses
in the middle and near the end as they searched for the next line.
Nickerson as Mrs. Whifflesniff had the longest piece of dialogue to deliver and
pulled it off superbly. Keigan Buffett as Spike, Scott Gusdal as Ricky the pizza
guy and Jill Gummo as Mel also did a great job delivering their lines with excellent
allocution and projection, as did Storm Bero who played Mike.
Sam Stephens looks on as Bram Dyck covers his face with a dog dish during the
Orléans Very Little Players production of 'The Hokey Pokey Show'. Fred
of the cast included Natascia Vatieri as Morgana, Morgan de Yturralde as Ivy,
David Sawdon as Chris, Kellie MacDonald as Rose, Kelsey Armour as Jen, Max Pettifer
as Raven and Megan Kelly as Shannon.
least a half dozen members of the group were in the Orléans Little Players'
production of Gandma's Glasses during last year's Spring Theatre Festival.
of Little Players, OYP's Very Little Players took the stage after the junior class
for their production of the Hokey Pokey Show featuring Katie Bell, Madison Doyon,
Bram Dyck, Brendan Garland, Josée Lachance, Korbin Murphy, Hunter Searle,
Seraphin Lachance, Jordan Toll and Caelyn Want as the Pokey Little Puppies.
their teacher and director Sam Stephens read from the book "The Pokey Little
Puppy", the group of pre-schoolers and Junioir Kindergarten students acted
out the narrative in what can best be descibed as organized chaos.
almost got completely out of hand when Bram Dyck decided to ad lib with the dog
dish. At one point he was lying on his back with the dog dish completely covering
his face, causing Stevens, who is a stage veteran, to almost break out in fits
of laughter. It was all she could do to keep her composer and finish the story.
to say, Dyck should have a long and successful career as a slapstick comedian.
Spring Theatre Festival continues this Tuesday and Wednesday when OYP's On Camera
video class presents Fatal Prophecy at the Orléans Theatre. Curtain
time both nights is 7 p.m.
ShowBiz class will present the musical "Sweet Nothin" the following
weekend from June 1-3, followed by the Orléans Old Players production of
"An Unfortunate Series of Murders" and "Death by Murder" on
June 5 and 6.
to Front Page