On Friday, March 15th Sherlock Holmes was deep in the thick of another mystery - a pencil thief was on the loose. Among the suspects: students and staff from a local high school, including the neglected custodian and the pencil passionate principal.

Backyard Theatre Company students did an outstanding job unrolling the plot of this particularly humorous crime scene. They chose to tell the story through a variety of monologues that included observations of various characters in the story.

This was the first time the Backyard Theatre Company has participated in the Southeastern Manitoba Festival in several years. Adjudicator Talia Pura was impressed not only with the performance, but also that the skit had been written by Backyard Theatre instructor Michaela Senkiw, with the help of students Siobhan Toews-Thiessen and Justice Sperling. Students received lots of great feedback, and also a mini-lesson from Ms. Pura on creating 'tableaus,' a kind of still-frame where the actors freeze in various positions to help tell the story - a great way to add interest to your dramatization.

The students competed non-competitively under the Theatre Arts Drama Adaptation, Own Choice category for grades 7-9.

Submitted by Shannon Neufeld, Marketing Coordinator, with the help of Michaela Senkiw, Backyard Theatre instructor

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The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

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