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Week 5,
Term One, 2016

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This week has seen the conclusion of the House services for the Senior School and the Performing Arts stage start to take shape for the Junior School Musical, Shrek The Musical JR.

The Junior School cast are busily preparing for their show with the pit being turned into a swamp and some very mysterious and magical creatures starting to appear on the stage.

Senior School Musical

The Senior Musical is well underway with its initial sign-on and auditions occurring throughout these first few weeks of term. This year the Senior School will be producing the musical, High School Musical. As can be imagined, the students are very excited regarding the staging of this show. As with all our shows, this is an exciting venture and one for all to be involved. The philosophy of the Senior Musical is to allow all students to have the opportunity to involve in a musical stage production. Although auditions have closed, these are only for principal roles. Any student who wishes to be part of the chorus are most welcome to join in the fun. Rehearsals are on a Thursday lunchtime. Students only need to come along to rehearsal (and perhaps bring their inner Wildcat).

House Plays

The House Plays rehearsal process is starting to come to a close as the casts work towards their big, on-stage Technical Rehearsal day this Sunday. The productions are looking extraordinarily entertaining and I encourage all who want to support their House, or just get in a good night’s entertainment with their friends, to come along to the Festival being held next Thursday and Friday nights, 3 and 4 March. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here, so get in fast before they all sell-out.

Performances

During the week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we saw the musicians in Laver, Starkey and Veivers Houses participate in their House Chapel services. It is wonderful to see the students contributing to their services using their musical skills. Both the instrumentalists in the band and the members of the choir performed well. This was an excellent way for the members of the House to see their peers in a different light and for all to appreciate the various skills each individual has. Well done to all!

On Monday, we also heard the Junior Concert Band perform at the Junior School Assembly. Well done to all and thank you to Mrs Rowe, for having this group up and performing so early in the term. Also on Monday, the Melodic Mynas contributed an anthem to the Junior School Family Chapel. Well done also to these youngsters as well as a thank you to Ms Black, as this is also very early in the year for performances by our Year 3 and 4 choir.

Year 9 Drama Excursion (pictured above)

Monday saw the Year 9 Drama students head off to The Arts Centre Gold Coast for a day excursion to experience a one-off, behind the scenes tour of our local cultural hub. Students were privileged to be taken backstage and on stage to see the mechanics of how the sound, lighting, fly system and all sorts of other intricacies work in this fantastic performance space. This was a hands-on experience where students got to learn microphone technique tips, see the lighting rigs up close, and touch and feel the mechanics used to change lighting colours and shapes.

Following this, the students enjoyed a lunch on The Terrace, a gallery tour of the current exhibition ‘Made in Queensland: Ode to the Souvenir’, and were privileged to be given access to ‘The Space’ (a small blackbox theatre within the Centre) to spend their afternoon completing a workshop session. All enjoyed the experience immensely, and thanks must go to Miss Green for her work with the students on the day.

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