CHSS Student Takes School's First Win at Youthwright

Brittany Webster

A student at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert is making history as the first student from the school to place at the provincial playwriting competition.

Miranda Baker has made history at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert as the first student to place top three in Youthwright, sending her and her play "To Grow Up" to the 2019 B-C Drama Fest.

Baker has been an avid member of the theatre group at Charles Hays and took to writing her own play to express her frustrations on racism. The original draft was a short play based on an event in one of Baker's classes, but through encouragement from peers and theatre teacher Alison O'Toole the play was expanded to include stories from across the province.

"It turned into, well maybe you should expand your play for the next year, and so when I decided to do that I thought because it helped me tell my story, that I could tell other people's stories. So I went online and asked my friends from UBC Indiginous camp that I went to over the summer, if they have anybody who wants to tell their story or they have a story they could tell me and I could maybe work it into my play. So I have a lot of other people's from across the province stories that they didn't really want attached to them just yet, but they want it to be out there. So it's based on all real events that have happened."

"To Grow Up"'s place at Youthwright and will be sending the 17-year-old, and her cast and crew to the provincial drama festival in New Westminster in May.

With such an accomplishment nearing the end of her grade 12 days, CFTK's Brittany Webster asked Baker if writing is something she's going to pursue.

"Ms. O'Toole thinks I'm going to pursue writing, but right now I'm in UNBC, I was accepted to UNBC for biochemisty."

A local performance of the play will take place at the Lestre Centre in Prince Rupert on April 25th. All ticket proceeds will go towards the cast and crew's trip to the B-C Drama Fest.

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