When you think of ‘film noir’, do you think of comedies? If not, you definitely want to check out A Lighter Shade of Noir by Patrick Derksen. Mark Ogle and the student drama group at Butte High School in Picture Butte, Alberta took on this fabulously funny and high styling take on film noir and a great and successful time was had by all.
The school I teach at is grade 7-12. They never really had a theater project that had been done in the way that I was accustomed to from my days at the University of Lethbridge. I had 27 students, 5 of which were from our feeder school that were in grade 5/6, along with having 4 staff members participate in the play as well. It was amazing! Everyone was phenomenal and it steered one student to go into the Fine Arts program at the university as well. It definitely set us up for another one this year!!
– Mark Ogle
Way to go, Butte High School!
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