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Mary Cowan is a technical theatre student in high school with dreams of one day stage managing professionally. She enjoys swimming, dancing, reading and, of course, everything theatre. Her favourite plays are William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia". She is currently stage managing her school's productions of "You Can't Take It With You" and a stylized Macbeth/Tell-Tale-Heart festival piece. In the community she is the the youth coordinator for the "Youth Talent Slam".

Mary's Theatre Portfolio

A glimpse into my theatre background

« Regional Drama Festival performance of Dracula, October 2015 Ensemble members created Dracula's castle during Jonathon Harker's arrival at the abode of the vampire king.

« DanceFusion showcase, 2014 In the style of contemporary jazz, this dance portrayed "creepy dolls" and their master. This dance required me to learn choreography quickly and master new skills.

« DanceFusion showcase, 2014 Myself and fellow dancers performing a bhangra style dance piece. Following this dance show, I have continued to work with DanceFusion as a sound tech for their shows

« Courtyard performance of Antony and Cleopatra, June 2016 A shortened version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, abridged and directed by Ingrid Love. Performed by: Emily Hoff as Cleopatra, Xavier Petkau as Antony, Lilyahna as Charmian, Mary Cowan as Iras

« The Miracle Worker, April 2016 Above is the photo that appeared on the front page of the local newspaper leading up to the weekend run of The Miracle Worker. Pictured: Hanah Willow and Morgan Beck as Helen Keller, Emma Chart, Shanti Harris and Ingrid Love as Annie Sullivan, Rachel Poznikoff as Aunt Ev, Bryce Harrison as James Keller, Kozmo Sammartino as Captain Keller and Leigha Calladine as Kate Keller. *many cast members are not present in this photo*

« Courtyard performance of Antony and Cleopatra, June 2016 A shortened version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, abridged and directed by Ingrid Love. Performed by (left to righ)t: Mary Cowan as Iras, Emily Hoff as Cleopatra, Lilyahna Miller as Charmian

« Physical Improv workshop, October 2015 Myself and fellow drama classmates participated in a series of physical improv classes led by theatre duo "James & Jamesy". It was an incredibly fun and a great learning experience.

« Senior theatre production class scene night, January 2016 The five students pictured here edited and self-directed a mid-length scene from British comedy series, 'The IT Crowd'. Performed by (from left to right): Mary Cowan as Jen, Noah Srahulek-Kingsley as Moss, Sonam Perello as 'drunk girl', Kozmo Sammartino as Richmond, Hanah Willow as 'socially awkward girl'

« Project Beginning LEAP Manifesto sit-in, February 2016 Event organizers and fellow students making a vlog to upload to YouTube during the 24 hour student demonstration put on by the Project Beginning team. As a founding member of the Project Beginning group, this was an immense undertaking that required hours of commitment and extreme organization.

« The Miracle Worker, April 2016 The Miracle Worker was one of the most demanding shows I've ever worked on- with two full casts and three Annie Sullivans we rehearsed nearly twice as much as a normal show. This play was performed six times and involved hundreds of props, intense scene changes requiring me to coordinate a small crew of junior students and a multitude of light and sound cues. This was the first show I ever stage managed and while it was a demanding undertaking, it was also incredibly rewarding and truly caused me to fall in love with stage management. Pictured above: Shanti Harris as Annie Sullivan and Hanah Willow as Helen Keller

« Pygmalion, November 2016 The photos above are the before and after shots of a fireplace prop that I re-worked as part of my stage management duties for our recent production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

« Regional Drama Festival performance of Dracula, October 2015 A shortened version of Bram Stoker's Dracula was written and directed by LV Rogers' drama teacher Robyn Sheppard with the help of assistant director Ingrid Love. This show featured a large ensemble that formed the set in Dracula's castle. Pictured above (from left to right): Robin Johnson as Dr. Seward, Mary Cowan as Mrs. Westenra, Gillian Wiley as Mina Harker and Xavier Petkau as Van Helsing

« Summerland Goodwill Shakespeare Festival performance of Antony and Cleopatra, May 2016 This short play was performed at the annual Shakespeare Festival in Summerland, BC. Abridged and directed by directing student, Ingrid Love, it received high praise from the audience of nearly 500 theatre students and teachers. Pictured above: Emily Hoff as Cleopatra, Mary Cowan as Iras and Lilyahna Miller as Charmian

« Summerland Goodwill Shakespeare Festival performance of Antony and Cleopatra, May 2016 Cleopatra interacting playfully with her servants at the beginning of the show

« Pygmalion, November 2016 Xavier Petkau as Colonel Pickering, Aoife Owton as Mrs. Higgins and Quinn Barron as Henry Higgins during act 5 of Pygmalion in tech rehearsal. Pygmalion was a long show that required many large set pieces to be moved on and off stage frequently.

« The Miracle Worker, April 2016 Director, Robyn Sheppard, and myself giving notes to one of the casts and the crew of The Miracle Worker during tech week.

« The Miracle Worker, April 2016 In the above scene, Annie Sullivan (Emma Chart) is attempting to teach Helen Keller (Morgan Beck) how to eat from a spoon. This scene, along with many others, required very precise and detailed blocking- I was in charge of keeping track of said blocking since not all cast members were present at all rehearsals due to the nature of the double/triple cast.

« Pygmalion, November 2016 Shanti Harris and Quinn Barron starred as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion this fall. This show was entirely student coordinated with grade 12 student Ingrid Love as director and myself as stage manager. The play ran for four shows and all three evening shows were sold out. The above photo appeared on the front of the Nelson Star leading up to opening night.