High School

The next generation of artists has arrived, and they have class at 8 am on Monday! Here are six showcases featuring High School aged artists who are launching their artistic careers at Nextfest.

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Set 1:Reflections


  • Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 9:00 pm

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre 
Mentor: Madi May

The Lost Morning

written and directed by Landen Flamont Baxter and Jessica Huynh

featuring Meena Al-Bachachi, Ada Fenger, Hailey Burgess, Lucas Potskin, Maison Lidster-Whitstone, Alex Stout, Sean, Asha, Morgan Stewart, Jaydon Leong, Rachel Pasmeny, Jonah Zazula, Fern Weimer, Lysia Wase, Tailor Cameron, Jordan White, Katya Anderson, Nataila Jimenez, and Emma Brown

Murder, mystery and betrayal – a group of friends gather for a graduation farewell and never leave. Grade 12 student Vivian Smith, embarks on a journey to find her friend’s killer.

Dear Wind

written and directed by Lila Maxwell

featuring Ella Schaloske, Ivy Degagné, Meredith Zhang, Abby Witte and Alexandra McClelland


What could happen when the Wind gets to meet a person for the first time? This show is an homage and letter to the element we all know and that some love. We see how desire, loneliness and fate can bring two very different yet mirrored strangers together, to show us a new kind of love.

The Starving Artist

written by Beatrix Stone

directed by Beau Aske

featuring Amira Najmeddine and Quinn Yerex


The story of Mara, an abstract painter on the up and up who finds inspiration in Henry, an eye-catching jazz singer with a humble reputation. The Starving Artist is a commentary on art, happiness, and the balance between self and expression.

Thanks to Kompany Family Theatre for their support with this set!


Set 2: Meeting in Place



  • Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre 
Mentor: Jen Peebles

The Meeting

written by Asha Campbell and Alicia Caliguri
directed by Asha Campbell
featuring Owen Paziuk, Krissy Berkholtz, Ash Klein, Dahlya Peters-Blair, and Lich Markovich, Freyja McNeill Witzel, Roan Byma, and Jess Dancey

A group of coworkers discuss an important PR concern… the mysterious deaths of multiple


Dial Tones

written and directed by Chad Capstick
featuring Taylors Moerike, Chep Hurtubise, Theodore Clark and Ajana Borschneck

Gabriel, a teenager at the end of his rope, calls a suicide hotline – or, he thinks he did.
When Mark, an average college student, picks up the phone, they develop a strange friendship; a friendship based on survival, mental health, and grief.

Thanks to Acquired Taste Tea Company for their support with this set!


Set 3: Breaking Time


  • Saturday, June 1, at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8, at 5:00 pm 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre 
Mentor:Alyssa Short


They Come In Peace

written and directed by Stratus Mandziak-Dinger

featuring Lucia Rowe-Doyle, Jacey Strem, Hayley Bulat, and Stitch Morrell

Meet Lewis and Harrison, two best friends who have a knack for the other worldly and paranormal. On a typical day, the two may find themselves wandering the woods in search of Bigfoot, but today, on this day in particular, someone or something, is watching them from above.

Please, Wait Here

written and directed by Stratus Mandziak-Dinger

featuring Lenny O’Neill-Becker, Pyper Rhodes, TJ Fougere, and Stitch Morrell

As a lawyer you are trained to be as professional as possible, no matter the situation. As a lawyer you need to listen intently, no matter the situation. But for these two lawyers waiting for their job interview, the rules don’t seem to apply.


Endings Don’t Last Forever New Beginnings Shape Your Heart

written and directed by Desirae

featuring Charlotte, Rachel, and Terina Xue

Two friends in rival mafia gangs are tasked with killing each other. Together they must decide what path they want to walk; end their evil ways and take a step towards good or end their light and go through with their tasks


Set 4: Mystery and Magic


  • Sunday, June 2, at 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 9, at 11:00 am 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 
Mentor: Michaela Demeo


Christmaslight: a Twilight Parody

written and directed by Dahlya Peters-Blair

featuring Ella Schaloske, Lich Markovich,Rupert Cannon, and Nancy Peters

A young girl, Bella, suspects Santa is a vampire. She waits up on Christmas night to confront him with her suspicions but he’s not your average Santa Clause. This short play was written without any prior knowledge of the Twilight saga so both experienced Twilight fans and those who just know the jokes will enjoy this silly story.

Murdle Manor’s Mysterious Murder Mystery

written by Sam Robertson

directed by Sam Robertson, Jorja King, and Justaya Carter

featuring Addison Terry, Madison Demers, Kaiya Kugler, Izabella Rairie, Lucaa Van Wachem, Sam Robertson, Finny Morrish, Clara MacLellan, Justaya Carter, Madeline Lee, Jarred Ramos, and Rachel Avarquez

On a musty Monday morning, Marlon Murdle was murdered by his previously-thought-to-be-loyal butler! Now, Butler (yes, that’s his name) is the prime suspect in Murdle’s disappearance. The only way to avoid conviction is for Butler to assemble a group of unusual suspects who will concoct a tall tale to redirect the police so that he can flee the country! It’s the only way. Join us in an epic tale of revenge, money, dinner parties, fish, and ghost juice.


Set 5: Off our Chest


  • Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 pm

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 
Mentor: Jayce McKenzie


Ghostings a 10 minute excerpt from the screenplay

written and directed by Ahser

featuring Owen Mclean and Ethan Hammans

There is a mine under the school, and someone died there… They keep pranking their brother and they don’t intend to stop…But, now they have dragged an unsuspecting overachiever into their plan.

Most People

written and directed by Oliver Collins

featuring Erik A. Sikorski, Sebastian Melo, Anneliese Jansen-Kras, Kalene Prentice and T.B. Steele

In fall of 2006, a socially awkward young man and a socially adept young woman meet at a very well-reviewed New York cafe for their first date. As hilarity ensues, a familiar figure gives a detailed lecture on chemistry – scientific and romantic – and the inherent flaws of human nature. Will Simon and Celia’s date cause a spontaneous reaction or will it fizzle out into nothing?

Confessions From a Loved One

written and directed by Hayden Jackson

featuring Finn Barrigan, Megan Trott, Madelyn Mackey, Josh Meyer, Maverick Johanson, Sofia Echeverria, and Alexa Aldergroft

Randy is comatose in a hospital bed after an unfortunate accident. Friends and family come to visit; each needing to get some things off their chest. Little do they know, our protagonist Randy can hear everything they say.


Set 6: The Power of four


  • Thursday, May 31 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 pm

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

FOUR TEAMS of FOUR STUDENTS improvise FOUR SCENES. All FOR you! Featuring students from across the city! 

Vanguard would like to give a special thank you to Grant MacEwan for their generous donation of rehearsal space