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Honours pile up for Yellow Door’s film ‘Red Letter Day’
NOTL's Yellow Door Theatre group has won an award for Best Musical at the New York Film International Film Festival.
NOTL's Yellow Door Theatre group has won an award for Best Musical at the New York Film International Film Festival. (File)

Maddy Gordon

Special to The Lake Report

“Red Letter Day,” a musical film produced by Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre group Yellow Door Theatre Project, won an award for Best Musical at the recent New York International Film Festival.

The project, which was sponsored by the Lauren and Vaughn Goettler Family Foundation, was directed and written by Lezlie Wade alongside her collaborator Scott Christian.

“They are really really excited about it,” Wade said of the cast’s reaction to their win. “They just love doing it. I think they would do another one in a heartbeat. We would do another one in a heartbeat for them!”

Wade was inspired to write and direct “Red Letter Day,” a story about a group of girls and their high school graduation, after realizing the pandemic had robbed many teenagers of that experience.

In addition to the big win at the New York International Film Festival, “Red Letter Day” has continued to reach new heights.

The production has been accepted into the Golden Bee International Children’s Festival based in India and will be showcased to audiences there.

“It’s a real testimony to the young people in this film because they are really extraordinary in it and the whole thing was such a positive experience for them,” said Wade.