“The Day the Internet Died”

Congratulations to our cast and crew of The Day the Internet Died by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello. This year’s York House production has been so much fun to produce. Not a single rehearsal went by without me laughing from my seat — at the hilarious characters and dialogue delivered so well by our excellent actors, the relatable storyline and the sheer, and the undeniable truth of today’s society: that we are highly dependent on the internet.

Our talented cast and crew from Grades 8 to 12, including a Grade 10 student from Saint George’s, displayed amazing leadership skills and initiative throughout the rehearsal period, executing almost all aspects of the production themselves. From blocking their scenes and learning lines; to designing lighting, costumes, set pieces, props and projections; to directing; to set transitions, these students have worked hard together to bring you a fun, relatable, and professional production — despite the fact that we lost over nine hours of rehearsal time due to the snow and a power outage! In fact, they also worked together to write two additional scenes for the show, which were a huge success with the audience. 

I would like to thank the following people for their help in getting this play up and running: 

Mr. Stan Figaj for building us the fabulous set pieces; Mr. Hayden Guy for coordinating the tech booth and teaching the tech club students how to operate the lighting, sound and projections themselves; Mr. Jonathan Lee for his wonderful photography which was displayed in both the foyer and on the set pieces; all the teachers who helped out decorating the set pieces and with Front of House duties; and finally, Mr. Mathew Chyzyk, for being my right-hand man at every rehearsal. I couldn’t have done it without all of them. 

We hope The Day the Internet Died made you laugh, learn, and maybe question your own internet usage along the way! Thank you for your support of yet another YHS production, and we look forward to seeing you in the audience again next year for a musical (title to be confirmed!)

Ms. Keira Louis
Director/Drama Teacher


Yorkies at Canadian Improv Games

For the first time in three years, the Canadian Improv Games was held in person, and York House School entered a team of 10 amazing improvisers, including two alternates, across Grades 8 to 12. The team rehearsed every Friday afternoon with an expert coach and YHS alum, Laura Reynolds, to learn the four games that they were to play at the competition. They then attended an exhibition round in Burnaby against four schools, where they received excellent feedback from the judges as to their ability to work exceptionally well as a team. 

The team then competed in the semi-finals at the Cultch Theatre on February 8th, where they performed against three more schools to score the second-highest points total, advancing them to the finals on Saturday, February 11th. This was an amazing night of entertainment, with five talented schools all displaying their outstanding improv skills and performing at such a high level. While they didn’t win the competition, York House School placed 5th out of 12 schools in the Lower Mainland competition. 

Congratulations to the team for their true sportsmanship at all events, and their ability to work so well together as a team of students from Grades 8 to 12. Please join me in congratulating the following students for their accomplishments: Yirui, Emilie, and Sarah from Grade 12, Storm and Lucy from Grade 11, Kai and April from Grade 10, Imy from Grade 9, and Ana Sofia and Stella from Grade 8.

Keira Louis
Drama Teacher/Improv Coach