CENTRE WELLINGTON: Introducing a new generation to the legendary science fiction production The War of the Worlds and doing it with the challenges of an online theatrical production would be daunting for any seasoned director, but for 16-year-old Teagan Hiller, of Fergus, it is exactly the challenge she was looking for.
The Elora Community Theatre (ECT) production is streaming on the small screen on Jan. 30.
The play, based on the 1897 book by H. G Wells, has been adapted by Flip Kobler and Cindy Markus.
“I chose to do this version of War Of The Worlds because it deals with some very relevant issues and right now, we need art that we can relate to,” Hiller said.
Hiller has appeared in several ECT productions in the past six years, as well as appearing with other theatre groups, and is enrolled in the integrated arts program at Kitchener’s Eastwood Collegiate Institute as a drama major.
“Even before I picked the show I knew I wanted to have a teen cast because teens have missed out on so many opportunities because of the pandemic,” Hiller said. “Personally, I’ve had three shows I was a part of that have been cancelled or postponed because of COVID.”
This all-teen production cast includes Isaac Stacey as Bean, co-host of the morning show; Emma Douglas as Dawn, Bean’s co-host; and Olivia Walker as Amanda, Bean’s adventurous sister. The cast also includes Ailish O’Donnell, Hayley Watson, Rowan Veit, Jessica Kaspar and Cassandra Dammeier.
“The board of directors of Elora Community Theatre are delighted to support and provide opportunities to the incredible youth talent within its membership,” said ECT president Deb Stanson.
“While comfortable in the spotlight, Teagan does not seek it to the exclusion of acting. She has expressed interest in all aspects of theatre, ranging from technical design to directing. We look forward to this exciting cast of inspiring youth actors and crew of War of the Worlds. They will bring an exciting brand of energy and talent to our arts community.”
The free live stream of The War Of The Worlds: A Totally Teen Online Theatrical Event, will stream on Jan. 30 at 7pm on the ECT’s YouTube channel.
Hiller hopes people will enjoy the show and support ECT with donations to help the theatre company continue to provide productions until they are able to return to the stage.
For more information visit the ECT Facebook page or YouTube channel.