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High school drama
compelling performances, letting the
audience experience the emotional and
mental struggle between the two characters.
As Cheever resists and pleads to be
disqualified, Thech threatens to stamp his
War, Glengarry District High School’s
file for automatic enlistment unless he
(GDHS) latest entry in the Sears Ontario
cooperates. The distraught manager
Drama Festival is as much about the
unhinges both physically and mentally, as
personal struggleswe all face in growing
he reveals more and more about himself
old as the fear of being sent to war.
during the course of the examination – from
The Alexandria high school entered
two divorces to his estranged relationship
in the Seaway District
with his children.
competition held this week at Cornwall
Lemieux’s character later spirals into the
Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS).
depths of a nervous breakdown, sharing
The play is set in the 1960s, when a 40-
something assistant theatre manager by
age of 13 and was left hanging – unable to
the name of Marion Cheever is called for
make peace with her death three decades
duty in Vietnam, forcing him to undergo
later, ironically earning a “Section 8” in the
a humiliating physical examination at
process (unfit for service due to mental
the hands of Sergeant Thech. Cheever,
played by Grade 12 student Ryan
The Seaway, which wrapped up
Lemieux, does whatever he can to
Thursday at CCVS, featured teams from
of the food banks of VankleekHill, L’Orignal andHawkesbury. Themoney was
dissuade the sergeant from giving him a
GDHS, Seaway District High School, CCVS,
clean bill of health. In turn, she tries her
North Dundas District High School, St.
a matching funds donation of $810 from the Vankleek Hill Scotia Bank. At the
best to send him to war. The militaristic
Lawrence Secondary School, Rockland
L’Orignal charity, Lions Armand Lapierre, Richard Couperus, and Tony Chenel
Thech, played by Grade 12 student Sarah
District High School and Russell High
Raymond, is cold and by the book. She
does everything she can to fast-track
Cheever into the service.
Director and GDHS drama teacher
David Sauvé said he chose the play
because, while it is set in the Vietnam era,
many of its messages ring true today.
“It is about war and war seems to still
be going on around the world today,” he
said. “Also I like the strong relationship
between the two characters.”
Lemieux and Raymond give
No excuses, no exceptions.
That is the approach the Ontario
Provincial Police takes to distracted
The O.P.P. is warning drivers that
any activity that takes your attention
away from driving is dangerous. This
isn’t just about using a phone or texting
while driving. Even day-dreaming can
something important which results in a
bad decision behind the wheel.
have died in distraction-related
This toll is higher than the one taken
by impaired driving and speeding
combined, said Chief Superintendent
Don Bell, Commander of the O.P.P.
Highway Safety Division. “Whether
you’re texting, talking, reading or
shaving, a diversion, any diversion of
on driving can happen and within
seconds, someone else could die,”
Using a cell phone or device capable
of texting while driving can result in a
fine of $155.
(like a movie on your tablet) can result in
a fine of $110.
Other forms of distracted driving can
result in a charge of careless driving
with fines ranging from $400 to $2,000,
a possible licence suspension of up to
two years and/or a jail term of not more
than six months depending on the
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