Here’s the story so far, the stops we’ve made on the road we’re on.
All of the pictures in these galleries are courtesy of Chris Shin.
The Rising Stars Convention – April 28 & 29, 2017
The Junior Players Showcase in 2017 was, as always, written, produced and directed by instructor Roger Harrison. In it, Roger is called away for some film and tv work, and in his absence the students decide to take the initiative to impress the guest directors who have volunteered to supervise in his absence. Unfortunately nothing ever works out as it should, and by the time he returns his students have all landed roles in major movies leaving him with no roles in the films he was originally in, and no students for the upcoming year.
Death Defying Acts – October 29-Nov 6, 2016
We did three one-act comedies in late 2016, written by some of the best in the business – Woody Allen, David Mamet and Elaine May.
Springtime 2016 saw the Beaverhill Players host a huge slap-up binge at our Grand Opening. The Beaver Regional Arts Centre was renamed back to its original moniker, The Paragon Theatre, and to celebrate we threw a three-day party around the Junior Players Showcase, called Spy Camp Confidential. We played movies and invited back some of the performers from the previous autumn’s variety show, and a great time was had by all!
ShowTauqua! Autumn Arts Festival & Dinner Theatre – October 9-19, 2015
In the fall of 2015 we hosted a variety show, with a one-act play and musical styles ranging from classical/gospel harp to pop and blues. The show was a huge success!
2015 Showcase – The Great Big Wild West Hero Show – April 17 & 18 2015 [Program]
2015’s Showcase script was based on the true story of Palisades, Nevada, a town which staged mock gunfights for the benefit of tourists brave enough to get off the train and wander around during its scheduled stops. Palisades earned a reputation as a lawless and dangerous yet exciting town to visit, but the whole town was in on the joke.
In reality it was a peaceful, average mining town and didn’t even have a sheriff.
It Runs in the Family – October 25 – November 16, 2014 [Program]
We opened our fall show, It Runs in the Family, at Ryley’s REDS Awards Dinner. A few shows in Holden over the next two weekends, then it was off to the Bailey in Camrose for the final performance.
Junior Players alumni Rebecca Hellekson and Lucy Upham both joined us again, with Lucy doing sound and lighting.
New faces included Ken Davy, Andrew Little, Christine Hauck, and Ernie Whiteside. Jeff Belcourt came back to the Players for his first role here since appearing in Arsenic and Old Lace.
We had a great time and we know our audience did too!
2014 Showcase – Robin Hood’s Official Rules of Hockey – April 11 & 12 [Program]
For our fourth Showcase play we sang some Journey, made up a few skits, and undertook a treacherous journey into darkest Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood had decided to leave his life of crime and turn to an equally lucrative but legitimate business. He and his band of merry men make sports equipment, including the finest Stick of Hockey in all the land – the Sher-Wood SlapStick!
Meanwhile, Back on the Couch – Fall 2013 [Program]
This was our sixth production and we decided to open it at the Ryley Economic Development Committee awards dinner. We had great success with it, received a standing ovation and went on to do shows in Holden and finish up at the Bailey Theatre in Camrose.
Out of Sight, Out of Murder – Spring 2013 [Program]
This play by Fred Carmichael was the one we chose to do in the spring of 2013. It was a script with some really humorous moments, but it wasn’t a farce and had some interesting ghostly twists. For the first time, two of the students in the Junior Players program joined us on stage, Lucy Upham and Rebecca Hellekson.
Show dates ran May 4 – 12, 2013.
2013 Showcase – Pie-Rats of the Carob Bean – April 19 & 20 [Program]
By the time the first half of Showcase ended, we’d done the Time Warp again, played some games, showed off a few talents and had some fun. Next thing you know, intermission’s over and Jack’s waking up on the sofa to find that he’s in a really odd dream. This is how we spent our evenings on April 19 & 20, 2013. Click here to read the program, including our list of talented young actors.
Sorry! Wrong Chimney! – November 16 – 24, 2012 [Program]
This was a fun Christmas farce that introduced some more new actors into our fold. We ran this one from November 16 through 24 at our theatre in Holden.
Read the program HERE.
2012 Showcase – Peter Pan & The King’s Creampuffs – June 8 & 9
This year we presented Jake’s adaptation of Peter Pan as well as a play by Martha Swintz called The King’s Creampuffs.
Class size had grown from our first year to 24 students from our initial baker’s dozen of 13, indicating the need and interest for a group such as this in the community. We had our Showcase in June and it was a huge success, but it conflicted with Holden’s annual Farmer’s Day and Soapbox Derby weekend and was a little too close to final exams for the students, so after this we decided to move Showcase to April where it’s been since then.
Funny Money – April 13 – 21, 2012 [Program]
Funny Money was our spring show in 2012, running from April 13 to 21. This play started a habit of doing English productions by the likes of Ray Cooney, and it had us all polishing up our accents.
To see a copy of the program, including cast, synopsis, and sponsors, click HERE.
A Bad Year for Tomatoes – October 14 – 16, 2011 [Program]
Tomatoes was our second play, which we did in the fall of 2011. We attracted some new actors and enjoyed ourselves tremendously!
Show dates ran from October 14 to 16. Even though the play only ran for three days, we did five shows; one on the Friday night, and two each on the Saturday and Sunday. You can read the program HERE.
Junior Players Showcase – 2011 [Program]
This was the culmination of our first year of drama. Thirteen students divided into two groups did some tableaus, improv, and then performed a Frankenstein adaptation by Jake Tkaczyk and Robert Fontaine’s Another Cinderella.
Arsenic and Old Lace – March 4 – 13, 2011 [Program]
When we regrouped in 2010, we decided to pick up exactly where we left off – with Joseph Kesselring’s immortal Arsenic and Old Lace. In fact, we even used the very same set we used for the ’97 production, as though the years between had never happened. We ran this show from March 4 through 13, 2011. If you’d like to see the program, click HERE.