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SJR's Major Production

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing by Finegan Kruckemeyer is an imaginative fairy tale that made its Canadian debut in SJR’s Moffat-Richardson Theatre at the end of May. It tells the story of triplet sisters who are abandoned in the woods by their heartbroken father. The twelve-year-old sisters go their separate ways and face fantastical, life-changing adventures that help them mature into confident women.

Since the play had a script and style that encouraged collaboration, the bounds of our creative community grew to include not just actors and stage managers but also musicians and visual artists. Led by Ms. Alexander, the play’s director, those involved worked enthusiastically to put this production together. Student musicians worked alongside the actors, finding opportunities to enhance moments with music and instrumental sound. A team of visual artists also made their mark in this creative ensemble by creating colourful props for the show.

This memorable production was an artistic journey that resulted in a unique piece of theatre that was full of heart. The play defied fairy tale stereotypes and it offered a balance of funny and poignant moments. Its poetic and encouraging undertones reminded audiences that hope can prevail, even in the darkest of times. The play was about moving forward and growing while finding your individual path in life. As Carmen, one of the titular girls, states, “The only thing we cannot do is go back. And that’s okay - life is not meant for going back.”
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.