High School Horror Story

2018-19 youth Play Production Series

The Youth Play Production series starts October 14 with rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The program wraps up on March 16 & 17, 2019 with two public performances of High School Horror Story.


Facilitated by Justin Shaw, Bailey Yarkie, and T.J. Carabeo

Written by Justin Shaw and the Youth Play Production Collective

october 2018 - march 2019

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The Youth Play Production program is a 6 month long theatre education program that offers youth between the ages of 12 and 16 the opportunity to learn about the foundational components of theatre and performance. Every youth registered for the program receives a part in the production. If you are a youth is outside the age requirements for the program, please inquire with the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts about a possible referral.

The program features an emphasis on voice, movement, and text work built around a sustained rehearsal process aimed at building a full-length ensemble production. The primary focus of the program is to instill a sense of empowerment in the youth as they embark on the journey of discovering their voice will taking ownership of the story they are telling.

To explore the oral tradition of story-telling, Theatre; Just Because is proud to present High School Horror Story. This new play is inspired by R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps book franchise, and the classic 1980s film The Breakfast Club. High School Horror Story tells the story of a group of teenagers who are partners on a science project and find themselves locked in the school after hours on the night of a thunderstorm. To pass the time, the youths decide to tell each other scary stories to pass the time. With each story more elaborate after the other, the youth soon discover they have more in common than they realize.

This family-friendly all-ages comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences with cheers and chills!

Combining campfire-style story circles along with vignette-based stories highlighted with practical effects and stagecraft, the 2018-19 Youth Play Production program offers Wood Buffalo youth a one-of-a-kind theatre education experience.

The play is written by Theatre; Just Because Artistic Director Justin Shaw, and the “horror stories” are developed by the youth collective based on research of the youth-based horror genre, and improv exercises.

Presented in partnership with

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