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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:49

Drama students ready to perform A Test of Kindness

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Cassidy Pilling, left, and Bailey Black, attempt to pry information from Spencer Comin about an upcoming date during the CHS production of A Test of Kindness. Cassidy Pilling, left, and Bailey Black, attempt to pry information from Spencer Comin about an upcoming date during the CHS production of A Test of Kindness. Photo by Westwind School Division

Exam time can be stressful enough on its own. Imagine taking that test on stage in front of a paying crowd of family, friends and yes, strangers.


The Cardston High School drama class will put months of hard work to the test when its production, A Test of Kindness, runs May 29-31 at The Civic Center.
The class is an amalgamation of students from Grades 10 through 12 who meet three times a week for the full year. Drama teacher Geri Pottinger says the first half of the semester was spent learning about drama — movement, speech, acting and directing. The second half of the year focused on performance and writing.
Students began reading the scripts for A Test of Kindness at the beginning of second semester in February. The class took two, one-act plays about student reality in life and high school and put them together in a collective.
Teacher and students then wrote a beginning, middle and end of the play with the one-acts plays inserted in the middle in their entirety.
Pottinger says A Test of Kindness is about test anxiety and bullying. She wanted to choose content that teens could relate to and help them really find the character they are portraying.
 “These are life events that are sometimes hard to go through yet we learn as adults to pick ourselves up and go on ... in the end we figure that out and personal growth results,” says Pottinger.
The cast and crew for the production is about 28, including technical help.
Each student in the class has a speaking part so they all gain experience on stage.
A Test of Kindness is made possible through the volunteer work of many parents, who help behind the scenes to make the technical side of things run smoothly. Pottinger is very appreciative of their help, as well as the work provided by stage manager, Debbie Fletcher.
The content of the play is suited for junior and senior-high audiences for the most part, but Pottinger says all family members are welcome. Doors open nightly for A Test of Kindness at 6 p.m. Tickets, available at the school office or from any drama student, are $8, with children under five admitted free.
On May 31, prior to the final performance, Cardston High School will hold its 25th annual art show. The event is from 1-5 p.m. at The Civic Center with the school handing out its art and drama awards after the play at 9 p.m.
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