The Performing Arts Department in 2016 saw many exciting events and shared many festivities as always. The year began with the annual House Plays festival, which was yet again another fabulous night of plays ranging in style and humour.
This was then followed by the Celebration of Literature, where students performed on Towers Quad for the authors’ and guests’ entertainment.
Towards the end of Term Two, Franklin House hosted the annual talent show, “Purple Faces”. It was without a doubt a night of talent, humour, and some very creative adjudicating! This was a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their wonderful talents in a supportive and friendly environment.
On the final day of this semester, the students were gathered in The Great Hall to participate in Activities Day. After decorating thrones, choreographing dances, and painting macaroni, the SingStar competition was held! From students in Years 7 to 12, to Heads of House, the SingStar competition showcased our wonderful voices, once again.
Term Three was a very exciting and busy term for the Performing Arts Department. During Week 3, the Senior School students took to the stage, High School Musical, which was a great success and received positive feedback throughout all three shows. The Gold Coast Secondary Drama Festival was another fantastic event in which Somerset College’s Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Plays participated in and received great results. Many students were awarded acting awards, as well as student-directing awards, whole ensemble awards, and an overall best play award. Furthermore, various groups and ensembles had been busily practising and rehearsing for the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Again, Somerset College performed in several sections and congratulations goes to all performers and conductors in their hard work and effort, which resulted in excellent awards. To further add to this eventful term, the Somerset Festival for Young Performers was yet again another success with students both performing and volunteering over the weekend. Thanks must go to all staff, parents, student volunteers and guests involved to make this even run smoothly and making sure there were no mishaps throughout the festival.
Term Four showcased the annual Cultural Collage, however this year saw a little twist, known as the Tropicollage. As suggested by the name, this tropical themed event featured all musical ensembles, bands, choirs, and Wordsmiths performers to showcase their talents to a supportive audience. Additionally, the Day of Dance was another highlight of the end of year festivities in which we saw a wide range of dance styles withy performers ranging from Prep to Year 12.
Throughout this year, Tunesday Tuesday was a delightful weekly event in which students from the Senior School had the opportunity to perform in front of their fellow classmates during lunchtime. We were entertained by positive and enthusiastic students every week and this was also thanks to the many supportive students and teachers from The Dining Room audience.
2016 was truly a fantastic year for the Performing Arts, however, all of this would not have been possible without the hard work from Mrs Katrina Fisher, Miss Melinda Green and Mrs Sue Roberts. Thanks must go to the aforementioned teachers for constantly ensuring all events run smoothly and for putting in hard work and effort to allow the Performing Arts to be the best it can be.
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