A class of Shawnigan acting students has presented some closing arguments.
Students in Acting 11-12 tested their legal chops this week, as they performed some of the most compelling speeches from Boston Legal, a David E. Kelley TV show that ran from 2004-08.
For drama teacher Morgan McLeod, the scripts offer a great way to enter into monologue work and also force his students to focus on character motivations and delivering to a specific audience. "There's a great range of emotion in there," he says. "A nice blend of sarcasm and heart."
Monday's performance came after a couple of weeks of rehearsals plus an earlier dry run. This time around, actors were in costumes and the Hugh Wilkinson Theatre was set up like a courtroom, with a judge, jury and audience on different sides of each performer. This setup not only enhanced the legal simulation, it also created a theatre-in-the-round experience, forcing the performers to consider their angles and elocution.
Shawnigan's acting talents will be on display on a larger stage when this year's musical, Cabaret, comes to Victoria's McPherson Playhouse, Jan. 25-27. Visit this link to reserve tickets for the production.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.