SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

 
Design Competition – Production Poster for Saving SCEGGS

The Competition:
We are looking for a member of the student body to create a design to be used as the Poster to communicate the show to a prospective audience. It will be displayed around the school early in Term 4.

A Gift Voucher will be awarded to the poster selected and the finalists will receive double passes to the play.

The Brief:
Our November production is a Verbatim Play titled Saving SCEGGS. The play was commissioned in 2015 and is written by Linden Wilkinson. It concerns an unfortunate and critical episode in SCEGGS history, during the 1970s, when the school nearly had to close its doors. The school community and neighbouring Independent schools rallied with much fundraising and crisis meetings to save the school. Fortunately, the play has a happy ending and we are here to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary in 2020.

The Poster Content:
In your design you must consider the inclusion of the following:
• An arresting production image – newspaper clippings? Photos from the day? School photos?
• The best font and colours for your poster
• Does it communicate the story of the play?
• SCEGGS Darlinghurst, in association with Sydney Grammar, presents $aving $cegg$ by Linden Wilkinson
• Performance dates – Thursday November 21st at 7pm / Friday November 22nd at 7pm / Saturday November 23rd at 3pm and 7pm
• Venue: The Great Hall
• Directed by Ms Eddi Goodfellow
• Bookings: TryBooking

Poster entries should be submitted in electronic form to Mr Eyers by email PeterEyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au.

Closing date: Wednesday October 23 (Term 4, Week 2)

Winner announced on Monday October 28.

Chicago
A finely executed production of the Musical Chicago was enjoyed by students on Sunday afternoon. The show plays the Capitol Theatre and offered our girls another experience of live performance and an opportunity to practice excellent theatre etiquette.

Stay-tuned for the details of our Term 4 excursion – Fangirls by Yve Blake at Belvoir Street.

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“All arts contribute to the greatest of all arts. The art of life”
- Bertolt Brecht (1948)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday 15 September at 6pm. This production stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.

Theatre Club
Our theatre club enjoyed its final play for the season on Monday night, attending a production of Splinter by Hilary Bell at Griffin Theatre.

In the dark of a Sydney winter, Hilary Bell’s disquieting and downright chilling thriller Splinter channels tabloid news and primal fears alike.

A couple are reunited with their missing daughter. Fierce love has sustained them through her unbearable absence. But now she’s home...something just isn’t right. How do they stop their imaginations running wild? Maybe if they return to the beach house where they spent their happiest summers, they’ll return to their old selves.

The play featured actors Simon Gleeson and Lucy Bell giving powerful performances and impressing with their emotional range. A thought-provoking play to end the subscription.

Thankyou to Mrs Jan Morice who convenes the Theatre Club each year, offering the girls access to a range of live performance and venues. Theatre Club 2020 will be announced in Term 4.

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Upstage and Downstage
While you probably know that upstage is farther away from the audience and downstage is closer to the edge of the stage, do you know why? Theatre pros coined the term due to the use of raked, or inclined, stages. The sloped architecture creates better sightlines and acoustics for audiences. But this also meant that as performers walked away from the house, they were hiking up the stage. (Speaking of stage directions: Stage Right and Stage Left always refer to the perspective of the performer when standing on the stage and facing the audience.)

It's all a circus, kid. A three-ring circus. These trials - the whole world - all showbusiness. But kid, you're working with a star - the biggest!
– Billy Flynn (Chicago)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

In the Limelight
Limelight was the first gas lamp alternative for lighting theatres. Invented in the early 1800s, limelight was generated by heating calcium oxide with a blend of oxygen and hydrogen.

Theatres first began using limelight in the 1830s as the first spotlight. Now, we continue to say that those in the limelight are the centre of attention.

“Giving voice to characters that have no other voice—that’s the great worth of what we do.”
—Meryl Streep

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Stories in the Dark
Congratulations to Sophie Forward and Evie Watson who have been cast in the ensemble of the Cranbrook Junior Production – Stories in the Dark by Debra Oswald.
The production takes to the stage in Term 4 and we look forward to supporting the girls in this terrific opportunity to "tread the boards".

Bravo Sophie and Evie!

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at The Capitol Theatre on Sunday 15 September at 6pm. This productions stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.

The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.
Year 9-11 Drama students have now received permission forms. A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed.

"Wing It"
This theatre phrase has now been incorporated into the greater colloquial lexicon, but when actors would “wing it” they were going on unprepared. It comes from the practice of playing a part without memorizing the lines, relying on the prompter in the wings or pages of text affixed to set pieces like the wing flats.

“For me, our job as artists is to serve the story, serve the director, and serve the fellow actors. And if you do that, by osmosis you’re serving yourself because you’ll get the best out of yourself.”
—David Oyelowo

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

HSC Drama Showcase – Tomorrow Night
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.
Markers from NESA will visit the School on 27 and 28 August to examine the HSC Drama class practical works.

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at The Capitol Theatre on Sunday September 15 at 6pm.
This productions stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.
The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.
Year 9-11 Drama students have now received permission notes. A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed.

Saving SCEGGS
Our November production of Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson has commenced rehearsal and looks set to become another SCEGGS Drama experience not to be missed.

The Creative Team guiding the girls (and five boys from Grammar) are:

Director: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Technical Design: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Designer: Mr Peter Mussared

Choreographer: Ms Amy Petsalis

Associate Director: Ms Vivienne Rodda

Producer: Mr Peter Eyers

Production Assistant: Ms Jodine Wolman

Historical Consultant: Ms Prue Heath

22.8 Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

The Scottish Play
Never say "Macbeth" inside a theatre; always refer to it as “The Scottish Play”.
Of course, Shakespeare was a British playwright, but the euphemism refers to the Scottish setting.
The superstition also extends to calling the title character the "Scottish King" or "Scottish Lord" and his wife the "Scottish Lady".
A wildly popular play, "The Scottish Play" was often put on in theatres with financial troubles to attempt to reverse their fate. Thus began the association of the work with failing theatres.

“I’ve always approached things with hunger and just enough fear. Plenty of confidence, you know, but just enough fear to work extra hard. Paralyzing fear does nothing, but the kind of fear that makes you nervous enough to really be aware and focused? I like that kind of fear.”
—Queen Latifah

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

HSC Drama Showcase
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday August 23 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.

We wish the girls every success for the next few weeks as they complete Trial assessments and the NESA practical exams.

Fangirls at Belvoir
Old Girl Yve Blake has written a musical and plays the leading character in Fangirls playing soon at The Belvoir Street Theatre.

Yve is joined by a stellar cast of new talent, including teen sensation Aydan from The Voice, making his stage debut as popstar Harry. Fangirls is an ode to anyone who has ever been a fan; a show about teenagers and how powerful they truly are.
We are currently in the process of arranging an excursion. Stay tuned. https://belvoir.com.au/productions/fangirls/ 

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at The Capitol Theatre on Sunday September 15 at 6pm. This productions stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.

Girls in Years 9-11 Drama will be receiving invitations to attend the show. The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.

A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed. Hopefully you can join us.

Break A Leg?
Break a leg is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer "good luck" in an ironic way. Well-wishers typically say "Break a leg" to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase remains obscure.

The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use.

Greek origin
In the time of Ancient Greece, people didn't clap. Instead, they stomped for their appreciation and if they stomped long enough, they would break a leg. Or, some would have it that the term originated during Elizabethan times when, instead of applause the audience would bang their chairs on the ground—and if they liked it enough, the leg of the chair would break.

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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.
We wish the girls every success for the next few weeks as they complete Trial Assessments and the NESA practical exams.

Saving SCEGGS
Saving SCEGGS commenced rehearsals this week with an enthusiastic dance/movement class. Dance Tutor, Amy Petsalis, lead the girls in an enthusiastic rendition of the Can-Can – a featured highlight of the play. How is it used? You’ll have to come and see.

The cast will complete the Dance classes over the next three weeks to support their movement skills, encourage company bonding and ensure much fun is had.
Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson plays in The Great Hall, November 21 to 23.

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Festival Of Speech
The NHIS Festival of Speech will be conducted on Saturday 26 October at Meridan College. We have assembled a team for the Drama category who will construct a piece of theatre in response to the theme LOOK ME IN THE EYE. Our team consists of Year 10 students Mia Freeland, Hannah Mavrakis, Stella Middleditch, Isabella Habib and Samantha Jones.

Playwave
I urge enthusiastic playgoers aged 15 to 20 to consider joining Playwave. This is a great way to see theatre presented in Sydney at affordable ticket prices. The program offers discount tickets to members and an opportunity to review theatre. Check it out.

https://playwave.com.au/pages/what-is-playwave

St Peter’s Players
The new look St Peter’s Players is off and running with favourable reviews from the students participating. Year 5 girls have had much fun in their first experience with the program whilst secondary girls continue their enthusiastic work in Lights, Camera, Action and explore Acting techniques in Drama Bootcamp – led by our tutors Ms Romy Bartz and Mr Nick Gell.

“The theatre is a beautiful lie”
 - Matt Cameron (Playwright)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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
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.

Saving SCEGGS
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.

Sydney Eisteddfod
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.

Drama Sataus Update Ensemble

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.

Drama Its a Comedy Ensemble

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A large contingent of SCEGGS students and staff attended the Sunday evening performance of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory last Sunday. For many students this was their first experience of live theatre and were certainly taken on a journey by the performances and stage "magic".

All agreed it was a terrific show and a perfect rendering of the Roald Dahl classic. The unfortunate endings for Augustus Gloop, Veruka Salt, Violet Beuregard and Mike Teevee were deliciously shocking and vital lessons in behaviour.

Stay tuned for another grand theatre excursion to be announced in Term III.

A Chorus Line Photography

Our production of A Chorus Line was captured brilliantly through rehearsal and production by our photographer Christopher Hayles. He has captured perfectly, moments from the show and in rehearsal.

The album of photos may be viewed at: http://www.hayles.com.au/productions


Saving SCEGGS
On Wednesday and Friday, last week, a most impressive number of 55 students from Years 7 to 10 auditioned for our November production of Saving SCEGGS. Students were led through a group audition by Mr Eyers, Ms Rodda and Ms Goodfellow (our Director). The audition focused on improvisational, creative and performance skills. All auditionees presented themselves with great enthusiasm and ability.

The tough task for the creative team is to now assemble the cast. Many considerations come in to play here; chiefly finding an actor to fit a character and balancing them with the rest of the ensemble. The quality of the auditionees will make this a difficult task and we are very excited about assembling an exciting company.

Casting will be announced in the next edition of Behind the Green Gate in Term III.


Porky Pig

“That's all Folks!”
- Porky Pig (Cartoon Pig)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

A Chorus Line
Congratulations to those girls who have been cast in A Chorus Line, the SCEGGS Musical in 2019. Thank you to the many girls who auditioned as the standard was very high.

Female roles have been allocated and we will be allocating roles for boys at the beginning of next term.

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Character Cast
Female
Bebe Benzenheimer Olivia Reed
Cassie Ferguson Teya Phillips
Connie Wong Lara Feller
Diana Morales Marie Karantanis
Jude Turner Hannah Mavrakis
Kristine Urich Nathalie Wilder
Lara Eliza Wachholz
Maggie Winslow Bonnie Harrington
Michelle Costa Millicent Fairlie
Sheila Bryant Zara Rubinsztein
Val Clark Charlotte Barnes
Ensemble Lillian Barker
Sienna Best
Isabella Habib
Imogen Holmes
Emma Kirkland
Lucie Natalizio
India Poiner
Male (roles to be allocated in Term 1)
Sebastian Carl
Hunter Cole
Zachary Fuller
Hugo Gibson
Sean Hwang
Ryan Lum
Daniel Sirmai
Reuben Wilder

 

Inga Scarlett
Head of Drama