King's Players performs in addition to HUDS

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Huron University College has a case of HUDS”
Mar. 14, 2008

To the editor:
First off, congratulations to the people at Huron University College for putting together a show and a drama group; that would take a lot of time and effort. I do not mean in any way to take away from them in what I’m about to say.

There was a show put on by the King’s Players, a drama group based out of King’s University College for quite a few years, on March 14-16. Its play, The Princess Bride, was spectacularly done, especially considering the rather miniscule budget.

My point is that Huron is not the only college with a drama group, nor the only group to put on a show, so please do some research before making claims.

Also, there was supposed to be a review of the show put on by King’s Players in The Gazette.

To say the least, the King’s Players was not impressed when it saw an article talking about its nonexistence followed by the lack of a review of the show.

Before you write things like “What does Huron University College have that the other campuses lack? The Huron Underground Dramatic Society, a student theatre group unique to the college,” make sure it’s true.
"David Geukers
King’s University College

To the editor:
What does Huron Univeristy College have that other campuses lack? Support for its drama club by The Gazette.

The King’s Players is a student-run theatre club hailing from King’s, however it is open to anybody and everybody with several of our members being from main campus and Huron.

As the biggest club at King’s, we have weekly meetings where we practise improvisation and sketch comedy, and just have a great time all around.

We also put on several shows throughout the school year. So far this year, we have put on two variety shows showcasing original sketches written by our members and three 24-hour theatres where we all wrote an original script, rehearsed, directed and performed " all in 24 hours.

These performances lead up to our main production: a theatrical adaptation of the movie The Princess Bride.

I was very disappointed when reading this article, which claims Huron’s is the only student-run theatre club, since The Gazette was informed of our club’s main production several times.

No one from the paper showed up to review the play and nowhere in the paper was The Princess Bride to be found. I find it hard to believe the King’s Players presence was unknown to you. Posters for our production were plastered around main campus buildings as well as Huron, King’s and Brescia University College.

Do not take this as an attack on the Huron Underground Dramatic Society " King’s Players is in full support of theatre groups of all kinds and we hope to attend its show at the end of this month.

I have never heard of any theatrical productions being put on by Huron. Ask any student at King’s and they will know our name, with most of them having attended at least one of our performances.

I just find it difficult to understand why you chose to only recognize one of the student-run theatre groups at Western and why you chose to neglect another and give our group the shaft by not covering our performance after promising to do so.

In closing, kudos to HUDS: keep up the great work, and I’m sorry to those who missed this year’s best performance from Western this past weekend.
"Krista McNaughton
Social Justice & Peace Studies II

To the editor:
What does Western have that other campuses lack? A student-run newspaper that ignores and marginalizes members of the body it is supposed to represent.

The King’s Players is a theatre group hosted by King’s. We just finished our sixth production of the 2007-08 school year, which was a fantastic stage adaptation of the hit film The Princess Bride. We have put on two variety shows featuring original material, and three 24-hour theatre shows, which means that we write, rehearse, and perform a play within 24 hours.

In the past, the club has produced festivals of original one-act plays, productions of original material and more famous shows such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Jesus Christ Superstar.

We meet weekly and perform improvisation and games. Together, we form a bond of friendship in the theatre that will remain constant throughout our lives.

The King’s Players has been in operation for years, and continues to grow; it is now the largest club King’s has to offer, and quite well-known across our (albeit smaller) campus.

I am writing to remind The Gazette that we exist and to notify the students of the university at large of the way their (and our) student newspaper has repeatedly ignored us.

We went to The Gazette for aid in promoting our main production and we were not featured in the week’s events calendar, nor anywhere. We were assured that a representative of the paper would attend and review our production and the promise was not fulfilled.
"Dawna Perry
King’s Players

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