Lights, Camera, Canterbury

It’s no secret that one of Ottawa’s most creative institutions is Canterbury High School.

The good young people there (and they are good young people at Canterbury) asked your agent to give them a boost on some upcoming events.

Seek and ye shall find.

Here’s the note they sent me. Good luck with the shows. You’ll remember them with fondness for the rest of your lives:

Hello Mr. Gray:

Canterbury High School’s graduating class is putting on two shows at the end of April and we would love to promote the show on your website.

The Canterbury High School grad shows are highly acclaimed annual productions by students from the two graduating theatre classes and this year is no exception. Lysistrata blends history and modern day feminism, and Perfect Stranger is a world premiere student-written adaption of Canadian author Alan Bradley’s acclaimed first two novels, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. (Read more about him here:

Here is a small description of both shows:

“Canterbury High School’s Dramatic Arts Program graduating class will be performing Lysistrata of Aristophanes, translated by Dudley Fitts, and Death of A Perfect Stranger, a student adaptation of award-winning Canadian author Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels. Lysistrata of Aristophanes, set in Greece, 411 BC, employs exuberant and high-spirited satire to discuss themes of gender, sexuality, power and peace, with the tale of women withholding sex from their husbands to stop war. Death of a Perfect Stranger, set in 1950s England, is a murder mystery that follows 11-year old sleuth Flavia de Luce and a cast of colourful characters as they solve several murders in their small town. This murder mystery and coming-of-age story is sure to please the whole family.”

The shows will be running from Wednesday April 25 to Saturday April 29, 2017, with both shows at alternating times (4:00 and 7:30, with a Saturday matinee) in the Canterbury High School auditorium (900 Canterbury Ave.). Individual tickets cost $8 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Double-bill tickets (to see both shows in the same night) are $10 for students and seniors and $20 for adults. Tickets will be available at the school or on request by email at this address

Feel free to contact us for more information via the same email.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Meghan Burns and Olivia Vandermeer (Publicity)

It tugs at your heartstrings to know there are fine young men and women such as these who will carry the torch when we oldsters are gone.



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3 thoughts on “Lights, Camera, Canterbury

  1. Let’s not forget the excellent Arts programs offered in French at De La Salle HS. Over the years, they’ve turned out a lot of very creative kids who’ve gone on to be important parts of the creative class in Ottawa, across the country and around the world working in both English and French. They don’t get the media attention that they should in this town.


  2. Ken,
    One sure way of knowing that your site is well respected and is being read is when community organizations ask for your help by asking you to post a public service announcement.

    One really sure way is when those requests come from a (much) younger generation.



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