There is nothing quite like the thrill of bringing a major theatre production to the stage. Months of intense planning, thought, debate and negotiation are finally given expression in the only moment that really counts – the moment in which that production meets its audience. This is what sets the live theatre apart from the wonders of electronic mass communication and gives it a special power. Making theatre is a shared event between audience and performer.
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In order to get this moment, however, it takes the tremendous commitment and co-operation of a large number of people involved to mount sophisticated productions. The richness of theatre is a direct result of the talent that creates it: the director, musical director, choreographer, designers and artisans. And, of course, the actors. They offer their energy, commitment, skills, talent and some very special part of their inner selves to weave the magic that entertains us.
Over the years students have been able to display their talents and find the opportunity for valuable interaction among students and teachers of similar interests. Our musicals and plays aim to demonstrate the disciplines and skills involved in mounting a full-scale show. Our choice of production seeks to stimulate theatre and stagecraft awareness and be challenging enough to enthuse participants and extend their capacities. The enthusiastic responses of performers and backstage crew to challenges presented indicate their success in this regard.
It is sometimes asked why we continue our tradition of school musicals. The answer is not simply that it is a fine tradition; or that all involved are passionate about our love of theatre (although both are true). It is the impact, as yet unrealized until the final dress rehearsals, that a production makes on the lives of those singers, dancers, actors, musicians and technicians whom we mould into a well-tuned performer with each production. Ask anyone who has attended a 5, 10, 20 or 30-year School Reunion what their most vivid memories were. What experiences were most memorable and colourful in their mind? If they ever participated in a school musical or play, you can be sure that this will top the list of their favourite, most vivid experiences. Their stories will be about the school production – those multi-disciplinary experiences of sensory integration where action, challenge, performance and risk intersect to enliven experience.
This website celebrates our productions as a living archive to its history. In time, video clips from all the shows highlighted on these pages will become available for us all to relive those memories of our wonderful and incredible productions.