Students rehearse for New Voices, which premieres March 26 and runs until April 9. PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA

Rye’s theatre festival

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By Leah Hansen

In the run-up to the end of the school year, Ryerson Theatre School students are hard at work getting ready to present New Voices.

A festival-type production that showcases a variety of student-produced pieces, New Voices is entirely student run, said Nick Dipchand, assistant academic coordinator at the Ryerson Theatre School.

“Every fourth-year is involved to some capacity and the production students run the show,” Dipchand said. Lighting design, set design, set construction, wardrobe design and stage management are all undertaken by theatre production students, he said.

“It’s tough for them, but they pull it together,” Dipchand said. “They virtually don’t sleep for a couple of months and they make it happen.”

There is a wide variety of pieces that will appear in the production he said, including drama, musicals, voice pieces, dance pieces and even mask pieces. Each night of the festival, which runs until April 9, will have a different lineup.

New Voices premieres March 26 at the Ryerson Theatre.

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