Talent and Charm - A Student Focus!
by Annie Koshy
The Red Road is a play written by Sheldon Paul, and co-directed by Erik Weinhart and Sheldon Paul, presented by the students of the Regional Arts Program at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, Ontario. Sheldon’s family is part of the first generation of Keralites (southern India), who settled in the Toronto area in the early 70’s. Sheldon is currently finishing his Grade 12 at Mayfield Secondary School and has been involved significantly with the Drama Program and deeply involved with many of the school's theatrical programs since joining in grade nine. A honours student, Sheldon is a self-motivated and highly focused individual who is driven by his passion for the arts especially in music and drama.
The play has been one of three that has been selected to be showcased for Peel Region at the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. The festival which began decades ago provides an opportunity to celebrate local theatre. Annually, approximately 12,000 students and teachers are involved with over 500 awards being given out. The Red Road has garnered some of those prestigious awards being the winner of 7 awards from the Sears Ontario Drama Festival (District Level) including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Original Play Nomination, Award of Merit, Lindsey Hatch, Performance, Awards of Excellence for - Erik Weinhart and Sheldon Paul, in Directing, Prayrit Khanna, Instrumentalist, Jordan Gillette, Lighting Design, The Company, Ensemble Performance
The cast consists of 16 members along with 6 crew including directors and technical support as well as a stage manager and instrumentalist. The play deals with the seldom-discussed injustices of Canada's residential school system seen through the eyes of a young Aboriginal boy - a topic which has become more and more relevant these days. The play has some hard hitting themes and showcases a very sensitive and seldom discussed part of Canadian history. A part that has had a resounding negative effect for generations. The sensitivity and the authenticity of depicting the often difficult scenes is truly noteworthy. As a young playwright and co-director, we can be assured to know that we have not seen the last of this talented young person!
The Indo-American Press Club (IAPC) is holding its 4th International Media Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The prestigious conference will be held at Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast from October 6-9, in which renowned journalists and media professionals from the US, Canada, India and other countries will lead innovative seminars and workshops.
“Having created a strong footprint in the media industry by conducting its first International Media Conference within a few months of its incorporation, IAPC is again proud to announce the preparedness going into its fourth Conference,” said IAPC founder Chairman and present Coordinating Director Mr. Ginsmon P. Zacharia.
Annie Koshy, who had previously hosted the second conference held in Long Island in 2015 will once again, with Vineetha Nair (Vice Chairperson), host both the inaugural and closing sessions of this conference.