Anti bullying plays impact performers too

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About 40 people walked through the doors of the Messiah Lutheran Church on Thursday to see the final showing of the anti-bullying works Invincible and Unbeatable.

Above stand most of the Carlton Comprehensive drama students who came together over the last year to plan and produce the anti-bullying play Invincible, as well as the award-winning anti-bullying video, Unbeatable. It was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church. The following names are all of the students and the teacher involved in the night’s event. Nicole Matheis, Sarah Tweidt, Raven Dallman, Arnelle Gamble, Jena Mailloux, Ray Vepsalainen, Cole Rudriski, Jaden MacDonald, Colton James, Natalia McGill, Jordyn Ferguson, Peyton Rindal and instructor, David Zulkoskey.

This was the culmination of nearly a year of planning, performing and filming the two productions and was their last performance.

Invincible was originally commissioned by the Community Mobilization Unit of the Prince Albert Police Service as a way to engage a younger audience in the discussions about violence and bullying.

The play was constructed completely by the Carlton Comprehensive students and then presented to the elementary schools of Prince Albert in the hopes of reaching kids who are experiencing violence or bullying at a younger age.

From there the 13 students responsible for Invincible added one to their number and created Unbeatable, the film.

Unbeatable is a short film of nearly five minutes, which tells a different narrative but is still about bullying and violence.

They entered the film into the Pink Shirt Film Fest (an anti-bullying campaign) and won the People’s Choice Award, along with the $1,000 prize.

They have also created a film version of their live play, Invincible, and intend to ship it up to Saskatchewan’s northern communities to share their vision with a larger audience.

Peyton Rindal is a Grade 11 student who has been a part of the projects since the beginning.

“I was a quiet person before this, and I would just keep to myself.” Peyton Rindal

Rindal performed the character Sophie on Thursday night and says she is pleased with how the night turned out.

She says that the productions have had a very personal impact on her and she believes on a number of the other young people involved.

“People are more open now in the group, they’re more expressive,” Rindal says of her drama-mates.

“We’re definitely gonna be friends for a while.”

“I was a quiet person before this, and I would just keep to myself.”

Now, after doing these productions, she says she feels more confident and actually listens when people tell her she is a good actor.

“I didn’t think I was as good as people told me I was.”

“I’m happier,” Rindal says.

She says she really believes that the way to deal with bullying or violence is to communicate with the people around you.

Rindal says that the students have again been approached by the Community Mobilization Unit of the Prince Albert Police Service to work on another project, although there are no details about it at this time.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert Police Service

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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