2 p.m., May 31)
'In Camera' production a real head scratcher
When David Hersh stepped down as artistic director at the Orleans Young Players
Theatrical School three years ago, he decided to maintain contact with the school
by starting the "In Camera" video class.
the first two years the classes combined video with live performance which made
for an interesting theatrical experience for the audience.
year's class decided to stick to video and the result is a 55 minute filme noire
production entitled "Fatal Prophecy" in which Vinnie, played by Ryan
McDermott, finds an old diary written by a girl named Amelia whose parents died
in a fire.
who is played by Fiona Watts, has visions about things happening in the future.
In one of the visions, she's being stalked by Death. Amelia also has a sister
named Laurel, who's played by Stephanie Hagerty. When Laurel finds out that her
parents left all their money and possessions to Amelia, she hatches an idea to
kill her sister using rat poison.
in the future, Vinnie and his fiends Bridget and Steven, played by April Rose
Krause and Jonathan Lord, are being stalked by Death after Vinnie reads the passage
in the diary about Amelia seeing Death in her vision.
follows the kids around the neighbourhood for awhile, but his efforts to get the
kids are folied by a Guardian Angel named Philip who is played by Harry Nolan.
kids eventually go back to the old house where they come across a mirror on a
wash stand. As Vinnie looks in the mirror he sees Amelia about to drink the poison
and yells for her to stop.
who is looking in the same mirrior but in the past, hears Vinnie's voice and decides
not to drink the poison, at which point Death vanishes into thin air.
whole thing is rather confusing, but very well done technically. The video was
filmed on location at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum as well as the streets
of Fallingbrook which must have raised a few eyebrows especially when Death was
chasing the kids around.
talented cast also included Brendan Sadaka who plays Amelia's friend Clark and
Louis-Philippe Dugal who plays a wanderer named Dante who gets the rat poison
Orléans Young Players Spring Festival continues this Thursday, Friday and
Saturday with the musical "Sweet Nothin' ", written by OYP instructor
Andrea Cochrane and her partner Alan Dean McDowell, at the Orléans Theatre
on Centrum Blvd. Curtain time all three nights is 7 p.m. A special matinee performance
will also be held on Saturday at 2.p.m.
but not least, the Orléans Old Players will take the stage next Monday
and Tuesday with the production, "A Double Shot of Mystery: An Unfortunate
Series of Murders & Death by Murder". Curtain time both nights is 7 p.m.
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