Mother Teresa students present their own play

Tough rivalry – Gender competition was brilliantly captivated and reflected  in the locally authored play in which some members of the cast got physically pushed from the stage.

Tough rivalry – Gender competition was brilliantly captivated and reflected in the locally authored play in which some members of the cast got physically pushed from the stage.

Under the name Voltage, a group of 16 students from Mother Teresa Catholic School in Halkirk and two parents presented on Wednesday, May 19, a high-quality performance of Mayhem, a play written by the group.

A crowd of about 80 people was captivated and entertained during the entire performance at the school.

“It’s been a huge undertaking for these students and it been a very rewarding experience,” said school principal Veronica Pinkoski.

Set in a junior high school, Mayhem depicted the rivalry of girls against boys as presented by the students from grades 6 to 9.

The 16 students and two parents who formed the drama group have created everything for the play from scratch.

In February, the group started to write the script and from there, they also arranged music and choreographed the entire production.

“This group of amazingly talented and brilliant young teens from our community have come together over the last three-and-a-half months to write and rehearse the play,” said Ellyn Schaffner, director of the play, parent and former teacher, who leads the after-school program.

“Although not professional, they are truly performers with dedication and heart.”

Kourtney Schilling and her mother Lorna initiated the drama group.

“We just want to showcase our talent to the community and we definitely want to stage more performances,” said Kourtney, a Grade-9 student in her last year at Mother Teresa school.

“It is probably one of the highlights of my Grade-9 year.”

Other characters featured the talented students of Jillian Schaffner, Morgan Kent, Katelyn Dahmer, Twyla Sheffield, Jacey Gamroth, Shayla Schilling, Maxwell Schaffner, Seth Neufeld, Liam Malloy, Wyatt Kent, Jonathan Muncy, Shane Neilson, Brandon Sheffield and Elliott Mabbott.