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Drama Company

The King’s Players is a company name for public drama presentations by students, faculty and community volunteers presented on campus. Between 1995 and 2005, play productions were organized by a campus drama club. An expanded range of drama courses now permit public presentation of the performance projects of students enrolled in those courses. In the Fall term, Drama 305/355/405: Ensemble Acting and Drama 310: Stagecraft collaborate to produce a full-length play. Drama 202: Introduction to Theatre concludes with the late March presentation of a program of classic scenes.

Production History

The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
13-year-old Anne Frank, hiding in an Amsterdam attic with her family and a few of their friends during the Nazi occupation and persecution of the Jews, kept a diary glowing with dignity, hope, and humour for two dark years. Only Anne’s father survived the death camps. He published Anne’s diary, which became one of the most famous books of the 20th century, and a powerful play. The Diary of Anne Frank was co-directed by Amy De Felice and Professor of Drama Daniel vanHeyst. Dec. 2016

Halo, by Josh MacDonald, directed by Michael Peng. When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Horton's restaurant in Nately, Nova Scotia, the town is thrown into upheaval as it becomes a pilgrimage site and a national news story. Questions of faith and doubt emerge amid personal stories both wrenching and ridiculous. Nov. 2015.

The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theatre Project, directed by Michael Peng. When a gay university student becomes the victim of a shocking hate crime, world attention is riveted on the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Based on hundreds of interviews, the citizens of Laramie respond in their own words. Nov. 2014

Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Peng. When Lady Windermere discovers her husband has been writing large secret checks to a woman with a shady past, she believes the worst. The play explores the difference between conformity to an external moral standard, and the selfless love that reveals true virtue. November 2013

The Other Side of the Pole, by Stephen and Marnie Heatley with music by Ed Connell, directed by Daniel vanHeyst. Christmas has been banned in Split Hoof, Alberta. But when a mysterious stranger visits the little town in search of his estranged son, two curious kids lead the community to recover the true meaning of Christmas. November 2012

Something in the Wind, by Raymond Storey, Directed by Michael Peng. Something in the Wind tells the dramatic story of three generations of the McIsaac family farming next to a sour glass plant near Pincher Creek. March 2012

Dr. Barnardo's Pioneeers, by Rick McNair, directed by Daniel vanHeyst. Through the experience of three kids, the play tells the story about the history of forced emigration from The British Isles of some of its most vulnerable citizens into lives of unpaid labour in Canada. November 2011.

7 Stories, by Morris Panych, directed by Michael Peng. A man alone on a ledge high above a city street searches for reasons not to jump as the occupants of seven apartments in the building interrogate, pester, or ignore him as they focus on their own problems. March 2011

The Arsonists, by Max Frisch, directed by Michael Peng. A businessman bolsters his false sense of himself as a big-hearted person by inviting a pair of shady characters to live in his attic--blind to the dire threat against his home by their secret activities

Cosi
, by Louis Nowra, featured patients at an Australian mental hospital as they rehearse and present Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutti under the direction of an idealistic university drama student. Directed by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, March 2009.

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, was given new currency by being set in today’s Alberta amid a conflict between ranchers and environmentalists, directed by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, March 2008.

At the Zenith of The Empire by Stewart Lemoine, directed by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, March 2007, celebrated the early days of live theatre in Edmonton in 1905.

The Butterfingers Angel by William Gibson, directed by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey in Nov. 2005. In honour of the King’s 25th anniversary, a new production of the very popular Christmas show first presented at King’s in 1998.

The Baby Dance directed by Annette Loiselle, Nov. 2004: an infertile professional couple arranges to buy a baby from a working class family who have more children than they can manage.

Cry the Beloved Country an adaptation of the classic novel about racial tensions in South Africa, directed by Todd Odhuno Were in Nov. 2003 and performed using theatrical masks and recitations.

The Beams are Creaking by Douglas Anderson, directed by Daniel vanHeyst, Nov. 2001
The true story of the German theologian Friedrich Bonhoeffer and his implication in a plot to assassinate Hitler, and his subsequent imprisonment and execution.

Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay, Nov 2000. A famous Canadian play about a close-knit neighbourhood of working class Montreal women.

The Passion by Bernard Sahlins, a series of Bible stories based on the medieval Mystery Cycle, April 2000.

Quiet in the Land by Anne Chislett, Nov. 97 The compelling story of a young Amish man, Yock Bauman, who enlists in WWI in rejection of his rural Ontario community’s pacifism.

Faith by Fire by Sharon Johnsey, told the story of Joan of Arc as she faced imprisonment, trial, and execution. (Nov. 99) A coproduction with Off The Fence Theatre Society, directed by Gil Allan, and presented in The King's Court, dramatically transformed into a medieval hall. To prepare for the battle scenes, certified fight director Thomas Usher trained and choreographed the combatants.

Juvie by Jerome McDonough, directed by Shirley Dahlsiede, a co-production with Off The Fence Theatre Society, featured a young woman’s descent into, and escape from life on the street.

The Butterfingers Angel by William Gibson, celebrated Christmas with an inventive retelling of the Nativity. (Nov. 98)

The Village of Idiots by John Lazarus, a comedy set in a fictional Jewish shtetl, was directed by student Robert Kelly. (April 96)

Quiet in the Land by Ann Chislett, pitted an Ontario Amish community against the social upheavals brought by WWI. (Nov. 97)

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, featured all of the faculty members of the English Department in cameo roles performing alongside King’s students in the principle roles. (Dec. 96)

The Greatest Song a musical adaptation by Calvin Seerveld of the Song of Solomon, opened the Interdisciplinary Studies Conference and the annual conference of Christians in the Theatre Arts (CrissCross) at King's. (Feb. 95)