Those in the audience at the recent
production of “Dedication” at the Arts and Culture Centre would have enjoyed
the work of several Grenfell faculty, staff’ students and alum.
“Dedication” is set on July 1, 1924 when Field Marshal Douglas Haig
comes to St. John’s to dedicate the National War Memorial. Charles Edgecombe, a
groom from the Governor’s stables, helps him dress for the occasion. Haig is
then obliged to submit to an interview by local journalist and suffragist,
Geraldine Drover. Their meeting sparks a fierce debate about the causes of the
World War and its consequences, about the horrors of the past and their hopes
for the future. “Dedication” is a Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company
production taking place in provincial Arts and Culture Centres from Nov. 22 –
Renate Pohl, assistant professor in
Grenfell’s technical theatre program, has been
working on various iterations of this play for the last three years designing
the set, props and lighting.
Vickie Marston, current
visiting theatre masterclass and production instructor, and designer in theatre
department helped as props artist; Jim Chalmers-Gow, theatre staff member,
helped as props builder; and Bruce Bryne, former carpenter, also helped as a props
Emily Austin, a
technical theatre production graduate, was the assistant scenic painter on “Dedication,”
while other technical theatre production alumni Alison Helmer and Mark Rowsell
worked as research assistants in the roles of set and props research/props
Alexandra Anstey and Sheldon Downey, current technical theatre
production students, worked on “Dedication” props as part of Masterclass
this term with Prof. Vickie Marston.
On the acting side, Prof.
Jerry Etienne helped in the early workshop of “Dedication” in the role of Field
Marshall Haig while theatre graduate Allison Kelly is currently on tour with “Dedication”
in the role of Geraldine Drover.