Some students at Elwood Regional High have been utilizing a Newfoundland tradition to learn about physicality and voice manipulation in their drama class.
A few weeks ago, teacher Jordan Stringer was trying to come up with a way to introduce the concept of how students could change and convey character through the two, while factoring in a bit of culture.
As he looked for a way to accomplish what he wanted, Stringer thought of mummering.
“When we throw on those costumes, all of a sudden we become foolish, we move differently, we sit differently, we walk differently and speak differently,” he said.
Stringer brought the idea of creating characters and costumes to the students, and they bought into it.
Later this week the group of Level 1-3 students will head into the community for a mummering performance and will also present to the rest of the school on Friday.
As they explored the concept of mummering, there was also a realization of how much Purity Factories has been part of the tradition.
Stringer said a lot of people have memories that associate Purity with mummering, like having a cup of syrup or a Peppermint Nob while out.
So he contacted the St. John’s-based company to see if representatives could come out and see what the students are doing.
The company responded to say it couldn’t attend, but would like to be involved.
Before getting the response, Stringer said Purity would still factor in to what the students have planned.