Friday, 30 November 2012 12:15

SCCHS presents Roald Dahl's The BFG this weekend

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Students in the drama program at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School are getting ready for a busy weekend of performances of their fall production, Roald Dahl's 'The BFG.' A favorite story for many students in the group, the play promises to entertain audiences of all ages.


“In my first year here, we went for a kind of teenage audience, focusing on a kind of scary aspect of pirates, which were really popular,” explained drama teacher Stefan Rumpel. “Last year, it was more for an older school crowd, with a big-name Broadway musical like Grease. This year, I wanted to switch it up and bit and do something for kids, reach out to more people.”


Although many of the students were familiar with the story, Rumpel has been surprised at how many people assume that 'The Big Friendly Giant' must be the popular 'Friendly Giant' from the old CBC television show, which aired from 1958–1985. 


“I guess this one is a little less known than a lot of Roald Dahl's other works, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach,” added Rumpel. “We are very excited about it, though, and we've been working really hard to get ready for this weekend.”


Auditions for the production were held back in September, with students dedicating nearly fifteen hours a week since then to rehearsals and preparations for the show. The show will feature 35 performers, with at least 15 more crew members and staff members involved. This year's production even made use of welding students, who helped with set design. 


“These students are definitely committed, and a lot of them are involved with other programs, as well,” Rumpel said. “Everyone here works really well together to make sure that we can all work around each other's schedules so that everyone gets as many opportunities as possible.”


For a lot of students, participating in the drama program allows them to get to know a group of students who share the same interests as they do, and work as a team to collaborate on an artistic endeavor. This year, Rumpel saw a large influx of younger students joining the group, which he was very pleased to see.


“Last year, I think we scared away some of the younger students by doing a large musical production right away,” he admitted. “But I'm hoping last year's production set up a bit of a name for the program, so more people will want to come out and watch this year. Grease was one of our most successful shows in a long time, and we are hoping to keep that momentum going.”


Performances of The BFG run at SCCHS on Nov. 28, 29, and 30 at 7pm, with performances at both 2pm and 7pm on Dec. 1.

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