It was a special night Tuesday as the RSS drama club put on what will likely be their last performance of their award winning ensemble play Families.
The play, which was originally to be shown at the provincial drama fest at the Coast this month, was a work put together over the past few months. Everyone involved played a part in the writing and acting of it.
However, due in part to the teacher action, extracurricular activities were called off, with drama and sports being the main casualties.
Drama teacher Lisa Henderson said that it was disappointing to her students that they wouldn’t get to act in front of the provincial audience.
“For some they’ll never get another chance to be onstage,” Henderson said, adding that their class is a class and not an extra-curricular.
Families was originally written as a collaboration by Henderson and the RSS senior acting class three years ago. It was further adapted by this years students, which included grade 8 to 12.
The play was a part of “An evening of very fine arts,” and the second night of performances by the RSS students for the hometown audience. It included an assortment of other acts as well.
The night began with Matt Burrus, Diego Molero and Nick Underwood jamming away on bass, guitar and drums in their band Great Glass Elevator.
That was followed by a showing of Liam Barnes and Justin Zimmer’s local parkour video Surge Freerun: Year One.
Dancers from Kootenay Danceworks showed exquisite skills in contemporary, lyrical jazz and classical ballet.
Thirteen year old Rachel Aiken played a whimsical “Orpheus and the Dance of the Blessed Spirit” prior to the intermission that made way for the finale: the Families play.
The night was a showcase of the many talented students in Rossland.