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Arts at St. Andrew's

You'll see him any fine morning, pedalling his way to school at St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario. In his mind though, Ryan, 15, may be rehearsing a speech from Shakespeare or a song from the musical Cabaret.

Last year, Ryan discovered he had a talent. "I always wanted to be in a school play," says Ryan, a day boy who lives 15 minutes from the school. And when he finally attended an audition, William Scoular, the head of drama and a director with London and Stratford experience, picked him for the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Ryan had found a calling.

His performance in the highly professional production, which is one of the major events in the school year, was judged outstanding. "Now it (the stage) is a passion," Ryan says. "I love anything I can do on the stage. I love the adrenaline rush at the curtain call."

St. Andrew's College is known for its sports teams, as well as academics, "but the arts are a big part of the scene here," says art teacher Randi Berman. No complaints here about a shortage of arts materials: "Here we have the facilities and the chance to use all sorts of media-sculpture, print making, photo shop, ceramics."

As for Ryan, he says he thinks about a career on the stage-although he still feels a pull to be a lawyer. On the physical side, he's a cross-country runner, Nordic skier and has joined the school's new triathlon program.

—Frank Jones
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