Mackenzie Mathews

Kitimat students light up the stage with performance

Two Mount Elizabeth Secondary students earned high praise and award at drama zones in Terrace.

It was, ahem, perhaps the hottest show at the drama zones festival in Terrace in late February.

The performance, called Conflagration (which means an all-consuming fire, or one that may burn within you), is performed by two Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School (MEMSS) students.

Mackenzie Mathews plays Julia, the play’s storyteller who recounts her tale of guilt following a devastating house fire that she may have caused.

Playing her friend is Chelsea Bossence, who helps her deal with her feelings.

“I play everything that she’s talking about,” said Chelsea.

One of the most notable aspects of the pair’s performances is that the entire play is choreographed in such a way that both Mackenzie and Chelsea mirror each other’s motions throughout the play.

“We have these long strings of movements we’ve both memorized,” said Mackenzie. “We have to be in rhythm for the entire show.”

Their work paid off in dividends. The performance netted both performers an outstanding performance in a lead role award from the Zones.

The performance also took an outstanding backstage ensemble award.

To top it off, they won a “fun” award for Greatest Gizmos, which was to honour the single black cape that was used interchangeably to represent various costume items.

The show will hit the road for the Sears BC Drama Provincials on May 3, to be held in New Westminster.

The challenge was huge to put on this performance in Terrace. The pair were hot off the heels of the Into the Woods production the school put on, and overestimated how much prep time they’d have.

In fact, they had ended up having 12 days to read, rehearse, and get their performance down pat.

“We had not memorized our lines,” said Chelsea.

That meant for 12 days straight the pair rehearsed and prepared, sacrificing their free time and even meals to get the show going.

“The dedication I’ve seen from these two, I’ve never seen,” said Rick Jones, the school drama teacher. “The amount of hours they’ve put in to make this thing what it is is really, really commendable.”

That being the case, he’s intentionally forced them to take a little break from the performance after their win.

“We purposely haven’t let them rehearse at all since we finished zones,” he said.

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

LNG Canada sponsors fast-tracked driver’s license training in Terrace, Kitimat

The $80,000 contribution is part of the company’s commitment to hire locally

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

James says B.C. budget puts priorities on NDP’s poverty, environment plans

She said she expected the government’s poverty reduction and climate change strategies to be priorities in the budget

PHOTOS: Day 1 of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Games kicked off in Red Deer this week

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Most Read