Video and story: High school drama class hosts theatre for Syrian refugee fundraiser

The CHSS drama department is putting on a theatre and dessert auction on June 4 at the Tom Rooney Playhouse for the Syrian refugees.

CHSS drama class (L:R) Krista Robinson



How about a little dessert with your comedy?

The drama department at Charles Hays Secondary School is putting on a theatre and dessert auction on June 4 at the Tom Rooney Playhouse. The 12 student cast members recently returned from the North West Skeena Zone festival where they won best ensemble for performing “Write Me a Murder.”

Drama teacher, Alison O’Toole, said that usually when the school takes a play out of town they like to perform the play in Prince Rupert as well. The money from tickets usually goes to the drama department to support the annual musical but this year the money raised is going to Rupert Syrian Refugee Support (RSRS)

The RSRS is fundraising to bring three families to the North Coast. It has been a slow process, but the group is on the sponsorship list to take at least one family.

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The Grade 10 drama students explained why it’s important for them to help the Syrian refugee cause.

“Everyone deserves to have a home and a place where they feel safe and if Prince Rupert can be that place for these people then that’s a great thing and we should help” Kaceja Calder said.

“Everyone is human right so it’s in our nature to help out others and they’re going through a tough time right now and I think anything we can do, even put on a little play to fundraise a little bit of money, it makes a difference,” Kevin Winther said.

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The mystery-comedy play is one-hour and there will be snacks for the audience and desserts to bid on. After the play, the students will perform some improv games as well.

“Write Me a Murder” hosts a cast of unique characters who are invited to a remote location to write a murder mystery for $100,000 a piece.

There is a matinée at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and they are available at CHSS or at the door.