Sacred Heart High School Wins Provincial Drama Festival
The Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) 2019 Provincial High School Drama Festival was held at the University of Regina Riddell Centre Mainstage Theatre from May 9 to 11. The Sacred Heart High School Drama Club’s performance of ‘The Last Fill’ was chosen as Best Overall Production by Front of House Adjudicator Bradley Hayward from Toronto. The Best Overall Production Runner Up was ‘Shuffling’ by McNaughton High School in Moosomin. The Provincial Festival featured eleven plays, each of which qualified for the provincial competition by winning one of eleven SDA Regional Festivals held previously across the province.
Sacred Heart High School won several other awards at the festival. The top acting award, The University of Regina Acting Award, was presented to Tess Jendrasheske for her performance as Daisy. The Best Stage Manager Award was given to Savannah Guy. An Acting Award of Merit was won by Klay Sawatsky for the role of The Gas Man. Bethany Guy received a Technical Award of Merit as Assistant Stage Manager. Lighting Tech Daniel Bazin received the Debbie Baker CHEER Award for demonstrating Cooperation, Honest Endeavour, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility. The play also won the Best Visual Production Award and was the Best Technical Crew Award Runner Up.
‘The Last Fill’ tells the story of Daisy, a young woman who has come home to Saskatchewan for her grandmother’s funeral. As she is travelling across Saskatchewan on her motorcycle to return to Toronto, she hits a deer that jumps in front of her on the highway. Shaken by the incident, Daisy stops at the next gas station, where she has a long conversation with The Gas Man as she reflects on her relationships with her grandmother, father, and mother.
Hayward thanked the cast and crew for ‘bringing the play so gloriously to life,’ and in a private message to director Greg Digout wrote, ‘It was the clear winner, to any and all who saw it. The flood of compliments from your competitors that are currently in my email and Facebook messages are a testament to the remarkable job you did bringing Daisy’s story to life.”