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MONTREAL, MAY 26, 2005- English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Principals will lead a stellar cast of characters in a spoof of the Wizard of Oz on Tues. May 31 (7 p.m.) at Westmount High School (4350 St. Catherine Street West). Tickets are only $20 each, with all proceeds going to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The play is being called De-Tension and stars more than 25 EMSB administrators and pedagogical consultants. Featured are Connie Primiano, principal of Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard as Dorothy and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North Principal Terence Quinn as the Wizard. This modern fairy tale, partly surreal and partly humoristic, has been written for an adult audience by Primiano, Gardenview Elementary School Principal Tina Lavranos and FACE School teacher Mindy Handelma. In addition to Dorothy and The Wizard, other characters include Celine Dion (French consultant Marie–Andrée Veilleux, Dr. Phil (information and communications technology consultant Brian Seltmann), Barbie (Lavranos) and Ken (General Vanier Elementary School Principal Nick Katalifos). The opening act will be provided by Ernie Butler from the Comedy Nest. Student Melina Mammas and the EMSB Chorale will also perform. Door prizes will be handed out at intermission.

At the conclusion of the show, a specially prepared video message to the EMSB from Celine Dion will be shown. Her niece died of this dreadful genetic disease which affects approximately 3,000 people in Canada. Cystic Fibrosis affects the exogenous secreting glands of the body and generates thickened secretions, therefore blocking certain normal functions of certain organs. Today, thanks to the advances in research and treatment, the median age of survival in Canada is more than 35 years.

For tickets please contact Tina Lavranos at (514) 483-7200, ext. 2014, Connie Primiano at (514) 483-7200, ext. 2018 or Paul Saunders at (514) 483-7200, ext. 7379. They will also be available at the door.

Last year the principals spearheaded a successful fashion show which raised $10,000 for the Shriner’s Hospital.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213