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Following her dream

 

Shannon LeClair

Times Reporter
 
Alysa van Haastert moved to Rosebud four years ago to pursue her passion for acting. 
Her mom has gone to Rosebud for years to see performances, and brought home a brochure about the Rosebud School of the Arts. Upon seeing it, van Haastert decided to look into it further and quickly fell in love. 
From April 25 to 27, van Haastert’s final student project, ‘The turn of the screw’ was performed at the Akokiniskway Gallery. 
“It was great, it went really well,” said van Haastert. 
She scheduled it for different showings throughout the three days, with one of those times being a nighttime showing. She said her designer had decided to use a window, which let outside light in.
“I think of the three shows…more people kind of just found it disturbing and kind of creepy,” said van Haastert.
“Whereas the evening show at 11:05 p.m. the energy was just super hyped and when it went black and people would scream and the energy was just way different.”
van Haastert said the evening show was more of what she had expected, but feels the audience for the earlier shows were still engaged and followed the story line well. 
The story follows a governess who grew up in a parsonage. Her father would only let her read the Bible, and she would try to sneak in other books. After leaving her father’s home, to take care of two orphans, the Governess falls in love with their uncle who had hired her. 
She begins to dream about the uncle coming and sweeping her off her feet, and one day she sees someone, and thinks it’s the uncle. Instead it turns out she is seeing ghosts. 
“The question throughout the whole story is, is she seeing them for real or is she imagining them so she has this story to tell the uncle,” said van Haastert. 
She had seen this performance in Victoria three years ago, and because of the way it intrigued her she thought it would be the perfect final project. One thing that drew her in the most was the fact she was sitting on the edge of her seat while watching a live performance.
“Something about getting scared is really intriguing to me. Something about it is exciting and makes me want more, it’s kind of like an adrenaline thing. I wanted to bring something different to the Rosebud crowd,” said van Haastert.  
She has been cast in the fall show at Rosebud Theatre, and is not sure what she will be doing after that. She may opt to take some classes on movement and work on her voice, or may go travel for a while. 
“I love theatre, and I want to stay in it, but I don’t know if I’ll take a break from it, or dive in right a way.”
 
 
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