Here’s the story so far, the stops we’ve made on the road we’re on.
The Honker spinsters live in a rambling mansion that they’re unceremoniously selling. The safe is empty, and so is the grandfather clock where they hid the money, plus there’s nothing buried behind the tree in the yard like there was in the good old days.
At this year’s family reunion, however, their mad scientist nephew’s creations – not the least of which are his cloning formula and his Doorway of Youth, since “bread in captivity” didn’t turn out to be the hit he wanted at the restaurants – are going to save the day in a way nobody anticipated.
As the program ages, so do the students, and this year saw the departure of the Klassen family dynasty – Keltie, who had been in every show since 2016’s Spy Camp: Confidential, aged out and away. Her sister Savanah joined us that year as well, and their brother Denzyl proved a capable and adept tech at our Showcases for the next four years. Their parents were huge supporters of the program, and Deanna’s baking and wardrobe creations over the years were a blessing.
Tim Hill also joined us in 2016 & 17, found something else to do on Monday nights for the next season, then returned for the Honker House reunion.
They’ll all be sorely missed.
2018 saw the departure of two students who had been with the program since the beginning, Evan and Jordan. I wrote them into the script as two rappers, D-Vo and Willy Nilly. In the show, two local high school students devise a plan to see their favorite rappers at an upcoming show. With the assistance of a tippling teacher, some good friends who go all in with them, and a magical genie, they become the rappers themselves and continue the tour.
The Junior Players Showcase in 2017 was, as always, written, produced and directed by instructor Roger Harrison. In it, Roger is called away for some film and tv work, and in his absence the students decide to take the initiative to impress the guest directors who have volunteered to supervise in his absence. Unfortunately nothing ever works out as it should, and by the time he returns his students have all landed roles in major movies leaving him with no roles in the films he was originally in, and no students for the upcoming year.
Springtime 2016 saw the Beaverhill Players host a huge slap-up binge at our Grand Opening. The Beaver Regional Arts Centre was renamed back to its original moniker, The Paragon Theatre, and to celebrate we threw a three-day party around the Junior Players Showcase, called Spy Camp Confidential. We played movies and invited back some of the performers from the previous autumn’s variety show, and a great time was had by all!
2015 Showcase – The Great Big Wild West Hero Show – April 17 & 18 2015 [Program]
2015’s Showcase script was based on the true story of Palisades, Nevada, a town which staged mock gunfights for the benefit of tourists brave enough to get off the train and wander around during its scheduled stops. Palisades earned a reputation as a lawless and dangerous yet exciting town to visit, but the whole town was in on the joke.
In reality it was a peaceful, average mining town and didn’t even have a sheriff.
2014 Showcase – Robin Hood’s Official Rules of Hockey – April 11 & 12 [Program]
For our fourth Showcase play we sang some Journey, made up a few skits, and undertook a treacherous journey into darkest Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood had decided to leave his life of crime and turn to an equally lucrative but legitimate business. He and his band of merry men make sports equipment, including the finest Stick of Hockey in all the land – the Sher-Wood SlapStick!
2013 Showcase – Pie-Rats of the Carob Bean – April 19 & 20 [Program]
By the time the first half of Showcase ended, we’d done the Time Warp again, played some games, showed off a few talents and had some fun. Next thing you know, intermission’s over and Jack’s waking up on the sofa to find that he’s in a really odd dream. This is how we spent our evenings on April 19 & 20, 2013. Click here to read the program, including our list of talented young actors.
2012 Showcase – Peter Pan & The King’s Creampuffs – June 8 & 9
In 2012 we presented Jake Tkaczyk ‘s adaptation of Peter Pan as well as a play by Martha Swintz called The King’s Creampuffs.
Class size had grown from our first year to 24 students from our initial baker’s dozen of 13, indicating the need and interest for a group such as this in the community. We had our Showcase in June and it was a huge success, but it conflicted with Holden’s annual Farmer’s Day and Soapbox Derby weekend and was a little too close to final exams for the students, so after this we decided to move Showcase to April where it’s been since then.
This was the culmination of our first year of drama. Thirteen students divided into two groups did some tableaus, improv, and then performed a Frankenstein adaptation by founder Jake Tkaczyk as well as Robert Fontaine’s Another Cinderella.