Kelsey's student play about students produced by students for students

Austin Frykas (Jay) and Kalenta Menu (Katie) star in the Frances Kelsay Secondary School drama program student play Little Sister. - Delphine Menu
Austin Frykas (Jay) and Kalenta Menu (Katie) star in the Frances Kelsay Secondary School drama program student play Little Sister.
— image credit: Delphine Menu

Katie could be your Little Sister, your anorexic daughter, or your confused classmate.

She could also be your dream girl.

Emotional complexities of those situations is explored in Frances Kelsey High's drama Little Sister, running Monday and Tuesday in the Kelsey Theatre.

Delphine Menu, 17 — co-directing Sisters with Haley Kuecks — explained how Joan MacLeod's script applies to many people she knows.

"This play is easily attached to any student's life because lots of people deal with these situations, and self-image trouble.

"There are so many friends of mine who've dealt with these kinds of things, so it really touched me."

Sisters' plot pivots on Katie (Kalenta Menu), a stressed rich kid who's transferred from a private high school to a public one.

"Her life's crashing around her," said Menu. "Her parents have separated, and she's become anorexic."

Enter Katie's part-time pals Tracy (Sarah Elliott) and Bella (Helene Daviau); Jordan (Aren Beagley) "a friend to all women, he's friend-zoned", and Jay the jock (Austin Frykas) who "doesn't care about school, but cares a lot about Katie — it's unrequited lust," explained actor Menu, who gained directing experience at Kelsey last year.

Menu was stoked about boosting her directorial cred, while working with strong actors and a timely plot in teacher Anna Roberts' Script Writing and Directing class.

"The moral could be that acceptance is something we all strive for, but we have to accept ourselves first," Menu noted.

"That's the best way I could put it too," agreed Frykas.

"Jay's really narcissistic and, like, 'l'm so good looking. I'm a bit muscley, and can get any girl I want.'

"He thinks Katie's classy."

That class catapults Jay into Katie's secret, haywire world of thin illness.

"These high school kids are dealing with all these problems, and they all change by the end," he said of the gripping script.

"It's real life. You could relate this play to so many situations, and apply it to your own life," said Frykas.


Your ticket

What: Little Sister

When: Dec. 11 and 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Frances Kelsey Theatre

Tickets: By donation.

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