Students of Trinity Western University’s theatre department will perform five shows back to back, the same day. The event will run Feb. 1-Feb. 5, with limited capacity. (Kimberly Mamchur)

Students of Trinity Western University’s theatre department will perform five shows back to back, the same day. The event will run Feb. 1-Feb. 5, with limited capacity. (Kimberly Mamchur)

Abbotsford theatre student showcased in Trinity Western upcoming plays

Five student-written plays to be featured on stage

In the summer of 2021, TWU Theatre held a play submission contest to find new short plays for production. Students and graduates of the playwriting class submitted works for consideration and faculty chose the winners. These five plays will receive their world premiere as part of New Words, New Works, February 1 – 5 on TWU’s Langley campus.

Abbotsford Christian grad Shana Pierce is making her debut in the production, starring in Medium Auburn Cherry Crush by Lani-Marie Carbonel. This short play tells the story of two young friends, Mina and Sonny, who are able to support each other in a difficult time with the help of telenovelas and hair dye.

“I am so excited to be part of this beautiful play,” says Pierce. “As a first year student I was trilled to be cast and this play is something I can really relate to. I think audiences will love it.”

New Words, New Works features thirteen actors in plays by five young playwrights, under the fearless direction of instructor Kerri Norris. Norris is an accomplished actor and director having worked with theatre companies throughout the Lower Mainland but this presents a particular thrill.

“I love directing and I love working with emerging artists so this show is a treat” she says. “It is a privilege to introduce new actors like Shana to the magic of theatre. I am delighted to give all these young theatre artists – including these new playwrights – a showcase for their talent.”

The five short plays to be performed are:

  • Medium Auburn Cherry Crush by Lani-Marie Carbonel. “Love is hard, especially when you’re 17. Thankfully, there’s best friends and hair dye.”
  • Wishing on a Steve by Emma Wiebe Giesbrecht. “A star named Steve makes people regret not being more careful what they wished for…”
  • She Who Flew Too Close by Annie Zander. “The sun isn’t the only light that catches on your wings.”
  • The Den-aisle by Braedon Grover Sunnes. “Whether living in dorms or in Costco, it’s never a good idea to lie to your roommate. Or yourself.”
  • The Drive Home by Hailee Boks. “One chasing dreams and the other hiding from fears – where will their drive take them?

Performances will run Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Western University’s Langley campus. There will be an additional matinee show on Saturday at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, people can visit the school’s website at twu.ca/theatre.

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