Ilian Mandev / Staff reporter
The district-wide Metfest competition at Heritage Woods Secondary is over, and the cast of Sending Down the Sparrows can finally relax.
Metfest is a contest between all nine secondary schools in School District 43. There are three judges that choose which show deserves first place based on the how well it was presented and acted.
Terry Fox Secondary won the contest with their play God of Carnage, which Gleneagle student Tia Gschwind, grade 11 actor in Sending Down the Sparrows, expressed much admiration for. God of Carnage is about two married couples that have a meeting about their sons that got into a fight, but the couples slowly abandon their formality and enter a spiral of anarchy.
The Gleneagle play Sending Down the Sparrows did not win the contest but succeeded in making the audience feel for the characters.
Sending Down the Sparrows takes place in Nazi Germany during 1939. It follows Viktor, one of the Hitler Youth members, who begins to question Nazi ideology while Alina, Viktor’s mentally handicapped sister, faces mistreatment in the facility she stays In.
Performing a play about the Holocaust is no easy task, physically or emotionally. “The play definitely did make me cry a couple times while on stage, but it made me be more aware of what the handicapped had been through,” said Christopher Maller, grade 11 actor in Sending Down the Sparrows.
Nikolly Oliveira, grade 12, got to see Sending Down the Sparrows as an audience member and described what stood out to her in the show. “The way the actors were able to put authentic emotion into it,” Oliveira said, “It didn’t feel like acting, it felt real.” Oliveira also explained that it was the only performance in Metfest that made her cry.
“The play is about trying to see the light within dark… those who still care about the handicapped and deficient despite them being outcasts [in] society,” Maller explained. Those who viewed the show know the emotional intensity within it, and those in the cast can finally rest knowing their message was displayed on stage.