Teen’s play to hit the Winnipeg stage

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Not many teens can say their scripts are being read by professional stage actors.

Sarah Luby, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student in Vincent Massey Collegiate’s theatre program is one of those students. She’s one of five finalists in the 2014 Scirocco Drama High School Playwriting Competition for her short play entitled Our Name.  

“It’s very cool,” said Luby who performed in Rainbow Stage’s The Sound of Music in 2007 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2010. She is also a singer who has won numerous awards at the Winnipeg Music Festival in the Voice and Musical Theatre categories. 

Jordan Thompson Sarah Luby, 17, is one of five finalists in the 2014 Scirocco Drama High School Playwriting Competition for her short play Our Name.

 Our Name was chosen by a panel of playwrights from the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.
As a finalist, Luby has been given the opportunity to work with a professional dramaturge, director, and actors.

“This weekend a workshop is being done with the actors and they will be reading the script,” Luby said of the upcoming process. “Then I’ll go back and do more edits, then there will be rehearsals, then the play will be put on at the (Tom Hendry Warehouse).”

Luby, who is a stage actress herself, said she’s been learning a lot about the behind-the-scenes action.

Jordan Thompson Luby (centre) does her first read through with the cast of her short play Our Name.

“During the audition process, I’ve often been on the opposite side auditioning for plays,” Luby said. “How the writers, directors, and producers view that side is very interesting.”

The biggest thing Luby learned was how to make her script better for the audience.

“Rewriting the script has definitely been my largest learning curve,” Luby said. “(Learning) how other people interpret your writing, and how to convey certain things to your audience.”

When Luby was in Grade 6 she actually acted in one of the 2008 Scirocco competition finalists’ plays.

“I think it’s cool because when I acted in it from that moment I was like ‘I’m going to do this when I’m older,’” Luby said. 

Luby keeps tight-lipped about the plot of Our Name, saying only the realistic-fiction play is about a family in post-Second World War Canada.

“You’re always on the edge of your seat when you’re watching my play,” Luby said. “You never know what’s going to happen, and it’s about the (relationships in) a family. In the end you want 13 characters to win and succeed.”

“It pulls the heartstrings and makes you appreciate the people that you have in your life. It makes you think. I like things that make you think.”

Other finalists in the competition include two students from St. Mary’s Academy; Isabella Fiorentino for Train To Nowhere in Particular and Keira Hasenack for Forsaken Love.  It’s Definitely About The Keys by West Gate Mennonite Collegiate’s Richelle Burchill and A Parable of Pagans by École Selkirk Junior High’s Marcus Schneider were also finalists.

All the short plays run 15 to 20 minutes and will be at the Tom Hendry Warehouse (140 Rupert Ave.) May 29 and 30 starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or in late April at the Manitoba Association of Playwrights office (503-100 Arthur St.), by calling 204-942-8941, or by emailing mbplay@mts.net

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