By Joanne Rodgers,
Bruce Peninsula Press
First-time director/producer, 16 year old Barrow Bay resident, Sebastien Wall, brings to the Rotary Hall Stage a play by Bekah Brunstetter “Nothing is the End of the World (except for the end of the world)”.
On February 07, 2020, high school students from Owen Sound District Secondary School (OSDSS) performed in a sci fi-drama which “explores high-school life and the relationship we all have with technology”.
The plot revolves around two androids, Olive and Godfrey and their interactions with the human teenage characters, which is chronicled by a reality tv crew. The story unfolds in a series of conversations between the characters, highlighting adolescent issues such as love, sex, sexual identity, religion, parental pressure, acceptance, friendships, inclusiveness, stereotypes, anxiety about the future, and the place for artificial intelligence in their lives.
With a very able all teenage cast of actors and crew, the play moved along at a lively and constant pace. The audience gave the performance a standing ovation.
Sebastien says he embarked on this project because he wanted “to bring more theatre to the community and to OSDSS”.
He looked at various plays and this one spoke to him as he felt the dialogue was true to life.
Sebastien had previously acted in several plays, and last summer attended the Shakespeare Intensive Course at the Stratford Festival Theatre Arts Camp.
With no previous experience in directing or producing, he says “ theatre is a passion”; directing gives him a new perspective on performing, he views it “as all about the experience”.
Some of the challenges he faced as a producer were navigating the bureaucracy, getting funding, adjusting the show to a small stage and creating an intimate connection with the audience.
His takeaways from this production, it was easier than he thought it would be and learned “it matters in what order you do the planning”. He did the casting first, then selected the venue, then applied for permits etc.. He realised he should have done these activities in the reverse order. He found “difficulty getting started, but once the ball got rolling, things started to come together”.
Sebastien appreciates the on-going community support. Half of all proceeds will be donated to the BPDS Drama program, his aim being to inspire and support upcoming talent.
Sebastien looks forward to working again with his current cast and seeing new faces in future theatrical ventures.