by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville Community High School Drama has chosen an updated version of a Jane Austen novel with this year’s production.

Emma: A Pop Musical by Eric Price, tells the story of Emma Woodhouse, played by Daphne Charrois, a senior at Highbury Prep who is sure she knows what is best for her fellow students’ love lives. Emma sets out to find a boyfriend for shy student Harriet Smith, played by Emma Wiwchar.

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The two-act musical contains two dozen numbers and plenty of choreography.

Daniel Pietraszewski directed this year’s production and was pleased to launch it Wednesday afternoon for Georges H. Primeau students.

“This musical we’ve been working on for the last three months at Morinville Community High School. This pop musical has songs from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and now – all popular music. It’s a really exciting show that we are glad and excited to share with the community.”

Joining the 24 musical numbers are two dozen student actors. In addition to Charrois in the titular role is Luke Zacharias as Jeff Knightley, Emma Wiwchar as Harriet Smith, Tyler Watson as the heartthrob rocker Frankie Churchill, and Maria-Faith Shreenan as new student Jane Fairfax. Other actors include Benn Fingler, Ashley Gauld, Jensen Snell, Quinn Vervynck, Kari-Ann Kasha, Emily Berard, Devon Marsden, Brina Remple, Mackenna Vervynck, Amber St. Denis, Gabrielle Cimon, Hunter Anslow, Eli Singer, Lindy Schaub, Alyssa Lincez, and Ciara Delaney,

Vocal coaches for the production are Sandee Blackburn and Kalista MacDonald.

The show continues Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

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