Immanuel Christian School doesn’t always put on school plays, but when it does, it goes all out.
The Transcona school, located at 215 Rougeau Ave., is putting on a mystery theatre production of Tooth and Nail from May 10 to 11.
Opening night will be a dinner theatre with a full meal, while the second night will be a dessert theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. both evenings.
Producer Jeff Dykstra said the play, which was written by Deanna Smith of Redeemer University College in Ontario, takes place in a highly-fictionalized Ancient Rome. The play centres around discovering who vandalized a statue of Emperor Hadrian before it is revealed to him at a party.
In all, 11 actors ranging from Grade 7 to Grade 11 will help tell the story.
Dykstra said the evening should be an enjoyable one for all who attend, especially for those who enjoy attempting to crack the case.
"It’s a real whodunit, it’s more comic, rather than serious," he said. "Theoretically, the audience can solve it, but there are enough twists at the end – we’ll see if anyone actually does solve it."
Dykstra explained the school does a production only occasionally, but said the school’s parent advisory committee felt it was a good idea to hold one this year.
"We do a play every few years," he said. "We have lots of building needs, as happens over time. The buildings are aging and could use repair and perhaps replacement at some point. This will be a fundraiser for the building fund."
Because putting on a dramatic production is a rarity, most of the performers don’t have a lot of acting experience. That doesn’t mean they’re not used to being onstage.
Grade 10 student Colin Van den Akker, who plays Hadrian, is a member of the school’s Black Light Theatre program, which involves choreographed movement using glow-in-the-dark props.
"In the actual play, you can see your audience. I’m not used to that," he said. "But in a lot of other ways, it’s quite similar. If you do something wrong, you just make it so you get back on track."
Grade 7 student Destaney Teitsma will play a jeweller. She is looking forward to being a part of the production.
"It’s been pretty fun," she said. "(It’s a little challenging) on some of my lines... We’ve had a few bloopers and fun moments."
Tickets for the May 10 formal gala dinner are $30 per person, though a table of eight can be reserved for $200. Tickets for the May 11 dessert theatre are $10, or $20 for a family. Those interested in acquiring tickets can contact principal Peter Veenendaal at 204-661-8937.