ABRAM-VILLAGE, P.E.I. – A one-act play “Un mystérieux phénomène” (A Mysterious Phenomenon) and a second act variety show will be presented on Tuesday evening at the Acadian musical village in Abram-Village. This one-night-only fundraising event promises laughs, music, dance and family entertainment as Evangeline School’s students help fundraise for their educational trip to Italy and Greece in March 2019.
The play “Un mystérieux phénomène,” written and performed by École Évangéline Arts and Culture students Maria Arsenault and Karine Arsenault, has been the principal focus of the class this semester. From décor to costumes as well producing and stage-managing the variety show that makes up the second half of the evening, the pair’s “all-in” attitude is evident.
“The students have created appealing characters and great moments with this play,” says director and teacher, Chuck Arsenault.
“With such a small class this year, the students really saw it as an opportunity to do something special. They have made enormous progress since the beginning of the semester and both girls have met the play’s challenges with great enthusiasm.
“Their decision to produce a one-act variety show benefiting and showcasing their fellow students as part of the same evening really shows a great sense of leadership and community spirit,” added Chuck.
“Un mystérieux phénomène” offers plenty of humour as the tireless Marie Joseph pokes, prods, teases and torments the scientific mind and padlocked heart of Simone Champier as they deal with what seems to be the end of the world.
The second half of the evening features a variety show showcasing many of the students taking part in the school’s educational trip. Singers Emily McIsaac and Kristin Arsenault, step-dancers Marissa Gallant and Renée Gallant, pianist Julien Robichaud, as well as musical groups 112 Accords and Les Paloudes will perform.
“We have been working on this event since February,” explains Maria. “We invented characters, wrote the text, and began rehearsals.”
Karine adds, “We’ve had a lot of fun putting this evening together and we hope you will have a lot of fun when you come see it.”
In preparation for the evening performance on May 29 at 6:30 p.m., “Un mystérieux phénomène” will be performed for Evangéline school’s grade 7 to 12 students that afternoon.
Admission for the May 29 evening show is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for pre-schoolers, with all proceeds going to Evangeline School’s educational trip to Italy and Greece.