Somerset Times

Senior Play Success!




Somerset Times Edition

Week 6,
Term Three, 2016

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Competing against 16 other Gold Coast School’s, Somerset College’s Senior Play wins the Senior Section of the Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival.

Last Saturday nine of our finest actors (and two outstanding musicians) took to the stage at the Nairn Theatre at All Saints Anglican School to perform the beautifully rich play, When The Rain Stops Falling.

From our first rehearsal together, we were very aware that this play would be a challenge and would require a great deal of depth and commitment from the cast in order to come to full fruition. With our most talented actors driving the action and embedding great tenderness and complexity into each of their characters, the play became a heart-wrenching performance that had its audience openly sobbing throughout the theatre.

Our adjudicator for the evening, Clare Christian, was very generous in her praise of the performance, and awarded the play the following accolades:

Highly Commended Awards

  • Ryan Hamilton (Acting)
  • Xanthe Cerutti (Acting)
  • Amy Goodburn (Acting)
  • Tye Stokes (Acting)
  • Olivia Bourne (Acting)
  • Jessica Hossy (Acting)
  • Sam Bensley (Acting)
  • Caroline Mitchell (Incorporation of Music)
  • Sam Stevenson (Incorporation of Music)
  • Direction of Ensemble
  • Production Design

Outstanding Actor Trophy

  • Amy Goodburn
  • Olivia Bourne

(an exceptional achievement, given these aren’t often presented to members of the same play)

Best Overall Play

Suffice to say, we were all delighted with the final outcome. For the cast to be acknowledged with so many awards was a credit to the commitment and dedication they each gave to every facet of this performance.

To my cast, other than “... love you” there are no words to describe how fortunate I feel to have worked with such a talented, kind, dedicated and good-humoured group of young adults. Thank you for all that you have given to me, each other and this performance.

I believe that one of Somerset’s most admirable qualities is that not only do we celebrate the successes of our students, but more so, the atmosphere that is built by supporting others in their endeavours to achieve. Nowhere was this more evident than in the audience of loved ones who came to support us on the night. On behalf of myself and the cast, a sincere thank you must go to the staff, parents and students who came to witness the final stage of the play’s journey. It is very much appreciated.

Thank you to all who helped us throughout this challenging undertaking and congratulations to the 2016 Senior Play!

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