Term Break Theatre
I trust everyone had a great break and got to see some theatre or cinema. Personally I was moved and uplifted by the two outstanding performances I experienced. I hope some of you were fortunate to attend Things I Know to be True by Andrew Bovell at Company B, Belvoir Street. A beautiful play about family with powerful performances.
Whilst in Melbourne I caught the newly opened, Australian premiere, of the musical Come From Away. The piece has "verbatim" origins and is delivered by a 12 member ensemble. It concerns the town of Gander in Newfoundland who hosted the occupants of 38 stranded aircraft when the air space was closed following the attacks on 11 September at the World Trade Centre. This beautifully crafted piece of theatre is about community and is rewarding in its theatricality and reminds us of the kindness and resilience of the human spirit. I promise you will be most impressed. If in Melbourne, or when it gets to Sydney, do not miss it.
Finally, Old Girl Zoe Terakes is currently performing in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge at The Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli. It is an "electric" piece of theatre with stellar performances. Zoe recently received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at The Helpmann Awards.
Drama Tour – New York & Chicago
It is with great joy that I can confirm the 2020 Drama Tour to Chicago and New York City. Ms Vivienne Rodda and I will accompany 17 very excited students to the States where we will participate in terrific workshops and experience some inspiring theatre.
Theatre Club resumed on Thursday 25 July with a visit to the Sydney Theatre Company to view their production of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The Sydney Theatre Company presented their most diverse cast ever assembled with not a single stage stereotype left standing. The Director, Kip Williams, cast across type, gender, race and ethnicity for the 11 British boys aged between 6 and 12, who turn on each other after they are marooned on an uninhabitable island.
The production demonstrated to our girls that theatre really can be imagined in any creative manner, as long as it serves the text and generates engaging performances.
HSC Drama Showcase
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday 23 August at 6pm in The Playhouse. The school community is warmly invited to attend to support the girls in their final display of Individual Project and Group Devised Performances prior to their assessment by NESA markers.
Our November production Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson, has auditioned and the ensemble has been selected. They have commenced rehearsals and will begin the period with a series of Movement/Dance classes. Construction of the show begins in Week 6 when the ensemble will be assigned their individual role(s).
Our Director, Ms Eddi Goodfellow, has assembled an enthusiastic cast and we look forward to taking our audiences on an enlightening journey exploring a critical period in the history of SCEGGS.
Saving SCEGGS plays The Great Hall, 21 to 23 November.
SCEGGS Drama entered two ensembles in the City of Sydney Eisteddfod this year and the events were conducted last Sunday 29 July. The categories entered were Scene From a Play and Group Devised Work.
The Year 9 ensemble of Ella Fogarty, Molly Murray, Lisa Vincent, Stefani Stewart and Alexandra Hambly constructed a work titled Status Update. It explored the impact of social media on the lives of teens.
Social Media has encroached on our world in a most aggressive manner. It seduces in a hypnotic manner where we seem to live out every moment of our lives interacting with a screen – whether it be food pics, filters, selfies or tweets. The new cyber language of the platform confuses and dictates. What was meant to bring the world closer together, sadly seems to be forcing us further apart.
Our St Peter’s Players ensemble of Jemima Sirtes, Olivia Dennison, Ella McGrath, Dakota Kedzier-Hurst, Lucia Gelonesi, Scarlett Gibson-Williams, Annie Furness, Anne-Marie Aroney and Tessa Kuijper presented a short play titled It’s a Comedy, by Carla Moore. The ensemble was directed by their semester one Drama Tutor, Ms Romy Bartz.
Will Shakespeare has written a new comedy and the Chamberlain’s men, including Richard Burbage, have gathered for a first rehearsal at The Globe. The play As You Like It, has yet, no ending, and the actors are more than willing to suggest endings, extra scenes and character detail. The text includes small excerpts from As You Like It, and deals with Shakespearean expressions, the forms and conventions of Elizabethan comedy and the lives of actors.
It’s a Comedy was successful in taking out first place in their section.
Congratulations to all the participants for the dedication and passion demonstrated towards their projects.
"In terms of theatre, there’s not a more supportive theatre community than in New York. It’s really kind of a real thrill to go there. I mean, don’t forget, I’m a boy from the suburbs of Sydney, so getting to New York is a huge, huge thrill."
- Hugh Jackman
Head of Drama