Gossip, centre, played by Daisy Perry, weaves a tale of manipulation to Dallas, played by Jadyn Caferra, as the chorus of high school students look on. From left: Gavin McKimm, Patience Kellen, Brooke Levens, Kylie Sharman.

Drama 9 performance of ‘Gossip’ opens June 20

Free public performance to take place in LCSS Williams Lake campus commons

In a revival of drama programs at Lake City Secondary, the LCSS Drama 9 Productions are presenting Gossip, a one-act play open to the public on Wednesday, June 20.

The play, written by Brian Hampton, follows the story of Gossip, a teenager in a high school setting used to physically embody the idea of gossip.

Played by Daisy Perry, the character woos her way into the minds of the other high school students around her, twisting the truth until she gets what she wants.

“She comes into the school and she finds something that she wants — which is Tim in the play — so she will manipulate everybody until she gets what she wants,” said Perry.

Perry, alongside most of the students, is new to the stage.

“I love learning the lines and being on stage in general,” she said. “I like being in front of people.”

The cast, made up of 12 students, includes a Greek chorus (Celeste Bellerose, Patience Kellen, Brooke Levens, Gavin McKimm, Hannah Miller and Kylie Sharman), a set of twins, played by Keanna Saunders and Bailey Hutton, the first victim of Gossip’s gossip, Dallas, played by Jadyn Caferra, Tim, played by Landen Kielpinski, and the narrator, played by Evan Way.

“I loved being with the whole cast,” said Perry. “When you leave the drama room it doesn’t just stop, you’ll have jokes around it too.”

Through the course of the drama class, they’ve worked through putting the production onstage.

“I’ve learned stage names, I’ve learned how to co-operate with people, how you should say lines, because it’s more than just saying them — you have to act like you are listening to them and this is your actual response.”

The cast will be doing a free public performance on Wednesday, June 20 in the Commons area of the Williams Lake Campus of LCSS. The play will start at 7 p.m.

“I am actually so excited for the performance. That’s one thing I was looking forward to, being in front of people and being able to show what we’ve worked really hard for.”

Perry also said she hopes the drama program at the high school will continue to revitalize, so she can continue onstage into the future.

“I’d love that.”

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Tara Sprickerhoff photo Gossip (front right), played by Daisy Perry, attempts to manipulate the surrounding high school students, while Kaine (front left), played by Keanna Saunders, stays confident. Pictured behind: Kylie Sharman, Gavin McKimm, Patience Kellen, Hannah Miller, and Brooke Levens, during a dress rehearsal on June 7. The students will be performing the play Gossip in the Williams Lake campus commons on June 20 for a public audience.

The drama 9 class at Lake City Secondary held a dress rehearsal of their performance of Gossip, scheduled for a public performance on June 20. Pictured (from left) are Brooke Levens, Patience Kellen, Hannah Miller, Kylie Sharman, Jadyn Caferra and Gavin McKimm.

Gossip (right) played by Daisy Perry, pleads with the twins Bailey Hutton (left), who plays Candy and Keanna Saunders who plays Kaine, during a dress rehearsal for the play Gossip, which will be performed June 20 at the Williams Lake campus of Lake City Secondary.

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