A triumphant season of Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson concluded its four performance season on Saturday night. Over 700 audience members attended the show, delighted by the return to 1976 and enthralled by the 37 strong cast.
Opening night hosted three of the players who had been significant in saving SCEGGS – Ted Davis, Sam Cullen and Denise Fleming. Their presence added another dimension to this riveting narrative, connecting the student actors to their real-life counterparts and giving their performances an emotional weight.
The excitement continued at the matinee performance where the company played to a Great Hall full of old girls attending the show as a feature of their reunions. They relished the opportunity to re-visit school days via the play and the immense recognition of themselves and Miss Chisholm on stage.
Linden Wilkinson has crafted a magical memory play, told in the Verbatim style. The real words and experience of the event’s players are recorded, dramatised and preserved like a time-capsule, which we may open from time to time to relish our story. At its core, it is a play about community – and don’t we have a glorious community at SCEGGS?
It takes a community to pull together a performance like Saving SCEGGS and many people contribute. Thanks to staff and students who chaperoned and built and ushered and ticketed and fed and dressed and printed and advised. The students who performed and crewed the show never failed to impress with their competency, commitment and confidence.
Bravo to our Production Assistant Ms Jodine Wolman and our Set and Costume Designer Mr Peter Mussared. They guided the students with imagination and care.
And a standing ovation to our Director/Technical Wiz, Ms Eddi Goodfellow. She was the perfect person to direct this play being an exceptional theatre-maker and great supporter of the School. She applied tremendous vision and passion to the project and we thank her for giving us a wonderful treat!
Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse – Going Fast – Few Remaining
We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.
School of Rock is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (Term 1 week 2).
War Horse is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.
These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.
“The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience” Andy Goldsworthy
Head of Drama