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Regional drama festival underway in Rushoon


The Burin Peninsula Regional Drama Festival opened Thursday evening at Christ the King School in Rushoon with the presentation of the annual ‘Cecilia Bungay Dedication Award’.

This year’s winner was St. Lawrence Academy drama teacher Danielle Edwards.

Introduced in 2007, the ‘Cecilia Bungay Dedication Award’ acknowledges an individual in the Burin region who has shown diligence and excellence in fine arts and/or an outstanding commitment to drama and fine arts at the school or community level.

In presenting the award, Jennifer Nakashima, program specialist for fine arts with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, read a letter from Mrs. Bungay, who was unable to attend this year’s opening.

In her message, Mrs. Bungay noted several worthy candidates had been nominated again this year.

Ms. Edwards was described as giving tirelessly of her time to promote drama in the region. In the past, she has been a performer, a director, a playwright and an organizer at the regional drama festival.

A trio of performances followed the award presentation last evening.

Grand Bank’s John Burke High School Masquerade kick started the festival, followed by performances from the St. Lawrence Academy Blues Players and host Christ the King Entertainers.

The festival continues this evening at 5 p.m. with plays from the MCHS Dominoes, Terrenceville’s St. Joseph’s All Grade Pawformers and Fortune’s Lake Academy Drama Troupe.

Wrapping up on Saturday at 4 p.m. are Lawn’s Holy Name of Mary Players and the Pearce Players from Burin’s Pearce Junior High School.

Major award presentations for the festival will follow the last performance.

George Sheppard, assistant principal at Christ the King, noted festival patrons were in for a treat.

“A lot of these performances will certainly mark the pinnacle of a lot of hard work by student troupes, their directors and from the support of their entire school student body.”

He acknowledged Christ the King was proud to host the regional drama festival and noted the effort that is involved with organizing the event.

“It takes an entire school community, indeed, to be able to pull off such a feat as this," he said.

This year’s winner was St. Lawrence Academy drama teacher Danielle Edwards.

Introduced in 2007, the ‘Cecilia Bungay Dedication Award’ acknowledges an individual in the Burin region who has shown diligence and excellence in fine arts and/or an outstanding commitment to drama and fine arts at the school or community level.

In presenting the award, Jennifer Nakashima, program specialist for fine arts with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, read a letter from Mrs. Bungay, who was unable to attend this year’s opening.

In her message, Mrs. Bungay noted several worthy candidates had been nominated again this year.

Ms. Edwards was described as giving tirelessly of her time to promote drama in the region. In the past, she has been a performer, a director, a playwright and an organizer at the regional drama festival.

A trio of performances followed the award presentation last evening.

Grand Bank’s John Burke High School Masquerade kick started the festival, followed by performances from the St. Lawrence Academy Blues Players and host Christ the King Entertainers.

The festival continues this evening at 5 p.m. with plays from the MCHS Dominoes, Terrenceville’s St. Joseph’s All Grade Pawformers and Fortune’s Lake Academy Drama Troupe.

Wrapping up on Saturday at 4 p.m. are Lawn’s Holy Name of Mary Players and the Pearce Players from Burin’s Pearce Junior High School.

Major award presentations for the festival will follow the last performance.

George Sheppard, assistant principal at Christ the King, noted festival patrons were in for a treat.

“A lot of these performances will certainly mark the pinnacle of a lot of hard work by student troupes, their directors and from the support of their entire school student body.”

He acknowledged Christ the King was proud to host the regional drama festival and noted the effort that is involved with organizing the event.

“It takes an entire school community, indeed, to be able to pull off such a feat as this," he said.

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