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Week 3,
Term Two, 2016

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The Performing Arts Department has continued busily throughout the week with its various rehearsals as preparations are now under way for Eisteddfod performances that will occur next term.

As well as preparing for the Eisteddfod, the Junior School are also placing final touches on their group performances for the upcoming Junior School Showcase concert. The Drama students and staff are starting to put things in place for our Term Three venture into the Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival. More information regarding this will be forthcoming in future Somerset Times articles. As well as these groups working, the Senior Musical is starting to gear up for its early Term Three performance.

Upcoming Events - Somerset Festival for Young Performers

On Saturday 11 June, a variety of workshops (with opportunities for private lessons) are being offered at the College as an adjunct to the Somerset Festival for Young Performers. The places in these workshops are strictly limited. Workshops on offer include Piano, Violin, Speech and Drama, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Voice, Brass and Cello. They are open to students of all ages, through to Year 12. For information regarding the workshops please click here with information regarding the tutors at this link here. These workshops are not limited to just the students from Somerset College, all students are welcome.

Entries are well and truly open for the Somerset Festival for Young Performers, taking place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August. This is a wonderful opportunity for young performers to participate in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. If you are learning from an instrumental or speech teacher at school, you should receive information about entries from your teacher. Entries close strictly on Friday 27 May. Please contact your instrumental/speech and drama teacher if you have not received any information yet. For more information please visit this link here.

Year 10 Collage Drama Day

Next Wednesday will see the Year 10 Drama students take to the stage to perform their student devised Collage Drama performances. This has been a huge and exciting undertaking for them so far this semester where they have worked to learn the style, research a topic, write their scripts, rehearse and polish their performance and create their stage, sound, lighting and costume designs. We wish them all the best for their performances next week! If there are any parents of Year 10 Drama students who would like to come along to watch this day, please contact Mrs Katrina Fisher for further details.

A Plea

The Senior Musical this year requires many of the cast to have lab coats. If any members of the College Community have a lab coat or two hanging in cupboard collecting dust, we will happily find them a new home. It does not matter what state of repair they are in. Any donations can be dropped to Mrs Roberts office in the PA.

Queensland Theatre Company – Theatre Residency Week

QTC will once again hold its annual Theatre Residency Week from 19 to 25 September. This opportunity is open to Years 9 to 12 students who wish to participate in intensive theatre skills development workshops, view live performances, network with leading artists and work with over 100 like-minded young people from all over Queensland. If you would like to find out more information regarding this highly successful programme, please click here.

Past Performances

On Saturday, members of the Show Choir participated in the funeral service for Mrs Sally Smith. Mrs Smith had, during her time at the College, always remarked on how she enjoyed their singing. Thanks must go to these students who gave of their time to honour Mrs Smith’s memory.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following students who, in the Trinity College London examinations held at the end of the last year, received the highest marks in the State:

  • Lucas Stokes - Grade 5 Speech and Drama
  • Nicholas Sandeman - Grade 7 Performing Text

The students will receive their awards at presentation ceremony to be held at Government House in June.

Well done, Lucas and Nic!

Staff News

Miss Josephine Flynn, secondary Drama teacher and Theatre Assistant, has recently been more busy than she would usually be. Cast in the upcoming production of ‘Are You Being Served’ playing at the Brisbane Arts Theatre, Miss Flynn has been relishing the opportunity to stretch her theatrical wings again and further renew her professional skills and networks in the performing arts. If you wish to know more, further details regarding the production can be found here. We wish Miss Flynn all the best for the season!

Last year, Mr Rafael Karlen, left his teaching at the College to pursue his composing, performing and conducting career. Our saxophone and clarinet students would remember him fondly. For those that may be interested, Mr Karlen has a new work premiering with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra this evening at 9.30pm in Auditorium 1 at the State Library in Brisbane. The commissioned work entitled While We Forget features Mr Karlen on saxophone and is part of the QSOCurrent series. We wish Mr Karlen the best for his premiere.

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