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Performing Arts News - Week 9




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Week 9,
Term One, 2016

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Today sees the conclusion of quite a busy Term One. Hopefully, all will have a restful and enjoyable holiday and return refreshed and ready to tackle the new term.

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At the end of the first week of Term Two, the Senior Musical makes its way up to Camp Bornhoffen for its annual camp. This is a time of intense rehearsal with much singing and dancing without perhaps much sleep. We look forward to this next term.


Last Saturday evening, members of the Jazz Band and the Show Choir were involved in the Japanese Yume (Dream) concert (pictured above). The concert is presented an evening of Japanese culture. Performances with the Jazz Band featured shamisen players and taiko whilst the Show Choir performance featured Japanese dancing. Thanks must go to all the members of the groups for their hard work in preparing for this concert as well as to Mrs Anne Rowe for her hard work with the Jazz Band.

During the week, the Junior School saw its musical production for 2016, Shrek Jr reach its conclusion. Over the three performances, the audience saw the product of many hours of rehearsal, with its choreography, acting and singing, along with many hours in costume design and set production. The Performing Arts Centre has spent time in a magical world with magical creatures, making everyone who saw the production shout I’m a Believer. Congratulations must go to all the cast and crew on their outstanding efforts in bringing this Disney story to the stage. Well done to all!

Monday and Tuesday evenings this week saw Years 11 and 12 Drama students perform in various venues around the College. The audience for the Year 11 Ritual Drama night was treated to a moody and eery performance of an old Celtic legend, which saw them outdoors on the creekside of Wyangan Creek. The Year 12 Australian Drama night captured experiences from teenage awkwardness to terrifying darkened hotels and everything in between and was a highly charged and engaging evening. Congratulations must go to all actors and thank you to the associated tech crews - well done!

Concert Band put together their first concert for the year, for the Performers in Training Series Concert. The concert seems to have now established itself in Towers Quad as part of our end of term happenings. The group presented the pieces they have been working on throughout the first term. With a band of over 70 members, this group continues to move from strength to strength. Thanks must go to all the members for their hard work throughout the term and to those who supported our concert.

Wednesday afternoon last week, a short concert by some of our young pianists and recorder players provided an entertaining interlude to close the term. These youngsters, encompassing all of our Year Levels and varying experience, have worked very hard to prepare for this concert. Well done and congratulations to all of the performers; Annika Lim, Declan Roberts, Bill Carrett, Mia Huang, Josh Amores, Ananya Garg, Jason Adams, Sasha Hanford, Leo Kelly Correa, Patrick Kelly Correa, Raahul Ramani, Raphael Chou, Senior Recorder Ensemble, Sophie Darben, James Kirk, Joy Jeng, Sebastian Salay and Nate Van Den Brink. Thanks must also go to Mrs Helen Little for organising the concert.

Today the Show Choir will be performing in their usual spot as the pre Grandparents and Special Friends entertainment. The group look forward to this performance each year as it always brings back pleasant memories of their time in the Junior School with this event.


Congratulations must go to Year 12 student and Performing Arts Captain Ryan Hamilton, who has once again been accepted into La Boîte Theatre’s Youth Ambassador Programme. Ryan was accepted as a youth ambassador in 2015, and so it is a wonderful opportunity for him to again be accepted for this role in 2016. As a La Boîte ambassador, Ryan will have the opportunity to sit in on company reversals, attend La Boîte theatre shows, give away discount passes to attend the theatre to family and friends, engage in workshop and development opportunities and further extend his performing arts network. Well done, Ryan!

Five of our music students had the opportunity to work with songwriter Ben Lee in a song workshop through the Bleach* Festival. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Students worked with Ben on a set of lyrics they had written. Those involved in the workshop were Anneliese McConnell, Zach Mark, Daiana Yoon, Caroline Mitchell and Anneka Lanham. We look forward to hearing the fruits of their labour in the near future.

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