Term 1 was one of the busiest terms along with being very successful; with everyone eagerly trying to get back into the GROOVE of all things Performing Arts. House Plays left the audience in awe as the directors and co-directors of each of the plays: Olivia Hodge, Sam Platt-Muniz, Abby Roach, Jess Lekich, Celeste Walsh, Joshua White, Rosie Bensley, Shannen Jones, Courtney Randall and Gina Teixeira put together outstanding and memorable shows.
Andrews took home the House Plays trophy with Veivers being awarded the Adjudicator's Trophy.
Groovy Tuesdays also been continued throughout the term. This initiative was started by the 2016 Performing Arts Captains, Ryan Hamilton and Jenny Song. Groovy Tuesdays has given students more performance opportunities within the College, with a highlight being 2016 Alumnus Bill Carrett’s performance of Night Fever. If you are interested in performing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Term 1 showcased the first ever Performing Arts Assembly in which the directors of the House Plays showcased snippets of their plays. The assembly also presented our first rap battle/poetry slam, with the contestants being Mr Wrigley and Mitchell Olarenshaw.
The Celebration of Literature Festival was another major event with over 20,000 tickets being sold. Students from all ages volunteered to perform during the lunchtime breaks, with a highlight being the boys’ dance group who performed a routine to a Justin Bieber mix on the (rather muddy) Towers Quad. Additionally, students Xenavee Goldsmith and Sarah Beaumont additionally directed and adapted Sandy’s Surfers Paradise Adventure into a script as a part of the Sand Safari Arts Festival with the cast performing at the Somerset Alumni Prologue Party, Villa Serena and in the middle of Surfers’ Paradise in Cavill Avenue.
Term 1 we also saw the first of the Sunday at Somerset Concert Series, in which over 50 performers were given the opportunity to showcase pieces they had been working on throughout the term. This included a large variety of performances ranging from instrumental performances to monologues. The concert series also showcased a routine that was developed in the first ever Somerset College dance workshop which was a hip hop routine choreographed by Kahlia Sulendra from Ikin Dance. The Sunday at Somerset Concert Series has allowed students to truly showcase the brilliant and diverse range of talent within the performing arts.
The Junior School also showcased their own production of Alice in the Wonderland Jr, which was a massive success for the cast performing a total of three shows; congratulations must go to all involved. The Senior School has also been working tirelessly on their own musical, Legally Blonde, which will be debuting in Term Three.
Finally, thanks must go to all staff involved in the Performing Arts for organising this busy term and for making sure that everything has been running smoothly.
This term, the Senior Musical cast will be attending the musical camp in which most of the production will be blocked. Additionally, many groups within the Performing Arts will be preparing for competition in various eisteddfods along with preparations for the Gold Coast Secondary School Drama Festival.
We hope everyone is looking forward to Term 2 and everything that it entails!
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