It is always nice to sit back at the end of a busy day and be entertained by a talented group of musicians and performers, and for those of us at last Monday night's Showcase Performance, we were in fact entertained! It was amazing to think these students were only in Prep to Year 6, as they performed with style.
Our Junior School Percussion Club, conducted by Mr Russell Pearce, opened the evening with a great rendition of the William Tell Overture, beating away on drums and tapping on xylophones. They were followed by our Suzuki Strings, an ensemble made up of student in Prep to Year 6. Mr Mitchell, as always, has this group playing beautifully. It was then lovely to watch two of our younger students, Alessandro and Aya play a string duet for us. They showed confidence and poise and were certainly a hit with the audience.
Speech and Drama students, Kseniia, Aleeza, Hayeon, Ayla and Advika also had an opportunity to share their talent with us, each performing monologues which made the audience laugh. Evie sang a beautiful solo, whilst Luca (accompanied by his mother on piano!) played a well executed version of Humoresque by Dvorak.
Other soloists on the night included Sasha and Leonardo (both on piano) and Alex (on viola), Bella (on clarinet), Sophia (on violin), Thomas (on clarinet), Sophie (on flute) and Tatiana (on recorder). All played extremely well and should be very proud of their efforts.
Finally, as always our group ensembles also entertained - Junior Band, under the direction of Mrs Anne Rowe, JSO2 and JSO1, conducted by Mrs Helen Moffatt, the Recorder Ensemble, conducted by Mrs Helen Little and our three choirs - Cool Cats, Melodic Mynahs and the Junior Choral, all conducted by Miss Black.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students who performed, not only for their efforts on the night but also for their dedication and willingness to attend rehearsals. I would also like to thank those teachers in the performing Arts Department who work with our children - Miss Black, Mrs Roberts, Mr Roberts, Miss Morley, Mr Mitchell, Mr Pearce, Mrs Irvine, Mrs Rowe, Mrs Moffatt, Ms Baartz, Ms Sigley, Ms Carnell and Miss Lee. We appreciate you taking the time to give our students the skills that help them become confident performers on the stage.
Well done, everyone!
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