On November 23, the Triffo Theatre officially opened its doors for Sister Act, the first performance in the 2017/18 theatre season run.
Theatre Arts and Theatre Production students have spent the last two-and-a-half months learning and preparing in Allard Hall’s brand new classroom, studio, shop and theatre spaces. Sister Act, which runs until December 2, is their first opportunity to realize their creative vision on stage in the brand new facility.
Get your tickets, and read more about what two of our students had to say about their experiences getting ready for the show.
When I came to Canada, I didn’t have a lot of friends. So I tried to keep busy with something just for me. I liked singing—we do a lot of karaoke in the Philippines—but I didn’t think I was any good at it until Grade 9, when I played the role of Jasmine in Aladdin.
In Sister Act, I play Deloris. She’s an undiscovered nightclub singer who’s bold, confident and has dreams of becoming a huge star. She’s got big aspirations for herself—except she takes a little bit of a detour after seeing someone get murdered by her married lover. Underneath all of her sass, big hair, attitude and dazzling purple boots, she has a kind heart, and she learns a lot of things along the way about religion and people, and herself—all from being stuck in a convent with a bunch of nuns. I like to think I’m sassy like she is and I have big dreams for myself too, which isn’t a surprise—I’m in Theatre Arts. Through the making of this production, I’ve also learned to make real connections with my peers and castmates—it has been quite a tiring but worthwhile trek.
A wise man once told me, “Live every day like it’s your last because one day it will be. Make everything you do matter— if that means singing songs and dancing for two hours straight, let that be it.” I truly would like to live by that and I hope when you see this show, it will make you feel something—a bit of human sentiment.
—Chariz, 2nd year Theatre Arts student and “Deloris” in Sister Act
When I walked into my first day of carpentry class in high school, my teacher was listing off things we could do and he mentioned “scene construction.” I must have looked up because he said to me, “You’re going to build the set.” I don’t know how he knew it—I fell in love with scenic carpentry and since then, it’s been my whole life. It’s what I came into the Theatre Production program to do, but I found I’m also interested in technical direction.
As technical director, I deal with the crew’s safety and time, and make sure everyone stays on budget. I also deal with a lot of technical problems, like if the carpentry team doesn’t know how to build something, I have to figure that out.
Everyone keeps saying we’re leading a legacy with this first show in the Triffo Theatre. It’s kind of intimidating, especially for me being in a management position. There’s a lot of pressure on me not to mess up. I know my teachers will make sure I don’t. I still feel stressed, but I’m also confident that the team and I will do a good job.
—Hannah, 2nd year Theatre Production student and Technical Director for Sister Act
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