SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

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 at Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We will attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (week 2 Term I).

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.

2020

The new year is full of exciting Drama projects and classes. St Peter’s Players will continue to offer terrific experiences in Drama and details will be announced upon our return to school. Monday will be a day for Year 6, Tuesday will host Years 7-9 and Thursday will be for Years 10 and 11.

Early in Term I, auditions will be conducted for the musical, Ladies in Black. Rehearsals will commence in week 5 and the show will be presented on 4-6 June at The Eternity Theatre. The production team consists of Director/Choreographer: Ms Chloe Dallimore, Musical Director: Ms Bev Kennedy and Set/Costume Designer: Ms Anna Gardiner.

A brand new play will have its premiere in November. Old Girl, Olivia Satchell (class of 2008) has been writing it for us and it is called Pretty Strange. We look forward to presenting this work to conclude the year in Drama. The Director will be Ms Vivienne Rodda. Both productions will be open to girls in Years 7-11.

Excursions will continue to live theatre and will give access to some exciting theatre practitioners.

Thank you for making my first year at SCEGGS a rewarding one. And thank you for being an audience.

Ms Rodda, Ms Goodfellow, Ms Morice and I wish you all a jolly Christmas and a safe and restful break! See you in 2020!

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day! Don't clean it up too quickly.” Santa Claus

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Saving SCEGGS

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!

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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).

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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.

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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

 

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse

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 will 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 will 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.

Saving SCEGGS – Opening Night

Production week has arrived, and our enthusiastic young actors and crew have been attending to final preparations for “Saving SCEGGS” by Linden Wilkinson.

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The original play was commissioned in 2015 by Ms Inga Scarlett and received its premier production as a promenade performance. The audience would travel to various locations around the school to engage with the actors and locations.

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In this revival production to signal the School’s 125th year, our Director, Ms Eddi Goodfellow brings the school and its story to The Great Hall.

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With two out of the four performances already SOLD OUT, the season looks set to be a triumphant one with the school community taking a trip down memory lane and celebrating the extraordinary feat saving SCEGGS was.

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Years 7-10 cast and crew will present “Saving SCEGGS” by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from TryBooking.

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Theatre Terms

Ensemble/Chorus
This term is typically reserved for cast members in musicals and plays. They are performers who create the background and the world of the show. They don’t necessarily have lines or solo songs but appear in group scenes and musical numbers to give a sense of context. They are a vital contribution to the stage picture and just as important as leading characters. The role of the chorus has its origins in Ancient Greek theatre.

“Acting is a sport. On stage you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre people pay to see energy.” Clive Swift

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Theatre Excursions - School Of Rock & War Horse
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 will 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 will 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.

Saving SCEGGS
Year 7-10 cast and crew will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from TryBooking.

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Theatre Terminology
Strike
To strike the set means to take down the set and make way for the next production. On a smaller scale, you can strike an object from the stage, as in “strike that ladder,” in order to remove it from the stage. This is actually one of the dozens of dictionary definitions for the word “strike,” meaning “to haul down; to dismantle and take away.”

This ‘pack-up’ stage of production is also known as the bump-out.

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.” Robert Evans – Hollywood Film Producer.

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls

What a treat to experience this new Australian musical at Belvoir Theatre last Tuesday evening.  The show was conceived and performed by SCEGGS old girl Yve Blake (2010) who has crafted a very engaging work and performs it with great humour, energy and skill.

The musical has proven to be a big hit with audiences and Yve’s career looks assured.

Saving SCEGGS

Year 7-10 cast and crew will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from Trybooking.

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The School Production – an Active and Responsible Participation 

With the imminent arrival of Saving SCEGGS in week 6, I felt it timely to reflect on why we present a School Production – and the commitment required to make it a truly satisfying experience for all involved.

School productions offer a co-curricular experience in which students enter an opportunity to expand their drama and theatre skills. They are also stimulated by an investigation into other worlds and time. It as an opportunity to work with staff and creatives in a parallel environment that is nurturing, collaborative and a recognition and appreciation of shared interest and objectives.

The school production also requires a great deal of passion, challenge and commitment to achieve the inevitable reward – cohesive and shared excellence. The production certainly provides a social experience and the opportunity to meet and work with students from other year levels and schools; but participation in a school production should chiefly be driven by a desire to embrace the art, tell stories and excel in a product that has been crafted though collaboration in pursuit of the best art possible.

The success of a production, like any sports team, choir, orchestra or ensemble requires an unseen ‘contract’ that is acknowledged by the individual to confirm absolute support of the project for the duration of its rehearsal and production period. It is not acceptable for a participant to check in and out as they please. Or to assume that their role is insignificant. Every role (on-stage and behind-the-scenes) is vital in the construction of a play or musical.

Communication too is paramount in these experiences. Staff are very mindful of the busy times in the school calendar and will amend rehearsal expectations as necessary. Participation in a production experience is great grounding/preparation for dealing with those times in life when we feel overwhelmed but with forethought, organisation and self-discipline we can achieve. Staff are always mindful of student commitments and will not place unnecessary expectations on workloads. We are all here to support each other and achieve the most successful theatre of which we are capable.

There is no doubt that the memory of our school arts experiences linger long – music concerts, drama productions, musicals, dance shows and so on occupy fond recall for a lifetime. What is it that each of these experiences have in common? Part of the positive memory is tied to the discipline, practice and training that precedes the performance and contributes to the satisfaction of working towards performance standard and being stage worthy. Best practice in the performing arts is hard fun. And that is what creates those lifelong memories.

I ask you to consider carefully your desire to contribute to a school play or musical. Participation does come with expectations of continuity, rehearsal, communication and commitment.  It is a family consideration also. We depend on our parents to get us to rehearsal and to collect us, to sacrifice occasional functions because rehearsal is called. The various parts of production cannot function completely unless we are all present.

I hope you will one day experience the great reward of being in a school production – but also realise that it is hard fun!

Theatre Terminology – Blocking

The precise staging of the actors, their path of movement in scenes, is known as blocking. The term came into popular use in the 1960s based on the tradition of 19th-century theatre directors who worked out their scenes on a mini model of the stage, using blocks to represent actors. Sir W.S. Gilbert was known for using blocks of different heights to represent men and women in his operas. The men were three inches high and the women two-and-a-half inches. The blocks were color-coded to illustrate the different voice parts—so Gilbert could create the correct sonic blend. Green and white were tenors, black and yellow were sopranos, red and green were contraltos.

“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” Simon CallowCharles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls

SCEGGS alumnus Yve Blake (2010) has penned and performs in a new production called Fangirls. It has just opened a season at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. The reviews have been splendid.

“Having written the book, music and lyrics, Blake adds a compelling stage presence, charisma to burn, and superb acting skills to a list of credentials that seems somehow implausible in someone who, onstage, genuinely does look 14 (the age of her character). Through sheer star power, Blake draws you in until you’re sharing every rollercoaster emotional moment”.

A theatre party of staff and students will be in attendance at the show on Tuesday 5 November to support Yve in triumphant success.

Theatre Club 2020

I am delighted to announce that Ms Morice and the Drama department have assembled another exciting line-up of theatre to form SCEGGS Theatre Club 2020. There is a variety of style, content and theatre venue to compliment your theatre experience and post-show discussion.

The shows that will feature in the Theatre Club for next year are:

  1. The School of Rock – a musical at The Capitol Theatre
  2. War Horse – you may have seen the film or read the book but the theatrical storytelling of this narrative is not to be missed – The Lyric Theatre.
  3. No Pay, No Way by Dario Fo at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  4. Dance Nation by Clare Barron at Belvoir Theatre
  5. Jump For Jordan by Donna Abela at The Eternity Playhouse
  6. Super Heroes by Mark Rogers at The Griffin Theatre

It is a very eclectic selection that will amuse, engage and enlighten. Each theatre visit is followed by an enthusiastic debrief the next day with Ms Morice in the school cafeteria.

The Theatre Club is only able to cater to 30 students so first in, best dressed as they say. Participation in the Theatre Club is open to all SCEGGS girls in Years 10 – 11. You do not need to be studying Drama as a subject. You should have a passion for attending live performance, be responsible in arriving and departing the venues, practice excellent theatre etiquette and enjoy the company and conversation of your peers.

Saving SCEGGS Poster Competition

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The poster selected as the winner of our Saving SCEGGS poster design competition has been designed by Hannah Guest. Hannah will receive a gift voucher for her sterling work in communicating the production to our school community.

Entries were received from Annie Furness, Isla Dawson-Damer, Ishara Verdickt, Arella Plater and Sophie Kuijper. We acknowledge and thank them for their creative contributions to this project.

Saving SCEGGS Bookings

Bookings are now open for the 21 to 23 November production of Saving SCEGGS.

Bookings can be made using the link:

https://www.trybooking.com/BFTRF

Stories in the Dark

The Cranbrook School are presenting the Debra Oswald play Stories in the Dark from 6 to 9 November.

Congratulations and best wishes to Sophie Forward and Evie Watson for a successful season.

Festival of Speech

Congratulations to Hannah Mavrakis, Stella Walker, Georgina Harley-Macdonald, Taylor Shutes and Mia Freeland who competed in the Drama section of the annual AHIGS Festival of Speech conducted at the Meriden school last Saturday. The girls were coached by Ms Juliet Timmerman. The ensemble finished 5th in a competition of 15 schools and earned valuable points that contributed to the overall tally.

It was pleasing to note that SCEGGS was awarded first place in the overall competition.

"My jump is not high enough, my twists are not perfect, I can't place my leg behind my ear. Please don't do that. Sometimes there is such an obsession with the technique that this can kill your best impulses. Remember that communicating with a form of art means being vulnerable, being imperfect. And most of the time is much more interesting. Believe me." Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls

We are taking a theatre party to see Fangirls by Yve Blake on Tuesday November 5 at 6:30pm. The venue is the Belvoir Theatre and the excursion is open to girls in years 9-11.

Girls have been emailed the information letter and permission slips to be returned to Mr Eyers by Friday November 1.

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 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 fund-raising 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 (PeterEyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au).

Closing date: Friday October 25 

Winner announced on Monday 28 October.

Theatre Club 2020

I am delighted to announce that Ms Morice and the Drama department have assembled another exciting line-up of theatre to form SCEGGS Theatre Club 2020. There is a variety of style, content and theatre venue to compliment your theatre experience and post-show discussion.

The shows that will feature in the Theatre Club for next year are:

  1. The School of Rock – a musical at The Capitol Theatre
  2. War Horse – you may have seen the film or read the book but the theatrical storytelling of this narrative is not to be missed – The Lyric Theatre.
  3. No Pay, No Way by Dario Fo at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  4. Dance Nation by Clare Barron at Belvoir Theatre
  5. Jump For Jordan by Donna Abela at The Eternity Playhouse
  6. Super Heroes by Mark Rogers at The Griffin Theatre

It is a very eclectic selection that will amuse, engage and enlighten. Each theatre visit is followed by an enthusiastic de-brief the next day with Ms Morice in the school cafeteria.

The Theatre Club is only able to cater to 30 students so first in, best dressed as they say. Participation in the Theatre Club is open to all SCEGGS girls in Years 10 – 11. You do not need to be studying Drama as a subject. You should have a passion for attending live performance, be responsible in arriving and departing the venues, practice excellent theatre etiquette and enjoy the company and conversation of your peers.

Girls have been emailed the play descriptors and participation letter for consideration.

Permission letters must be submitted to Mr Eyers by Monday November 4.

Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson

The 2019 SCEGGS play opens in a few weeks and rehearsals are well underway with the production coming together pleasingly. It features a cast of students from Years 7 to 10 and will be a great celebration of the school as we enter our 125th year.

Dates

Thursday 21 November 2019 at 7:00pm
Friday 22 November 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturday 23 November 2019 at 3:00pm
Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7:00pm

Ticket prices: Adults: $20 Concession $15
Tickets on Sale from Monday 28 October 2019

Located in The Great Hall, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, 215 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

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“One of the safest places in the world to be …. is the stage!”

Mr Peter Eyers

Head of Drama

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls
SCEGGS alumna Yve Blake (2010) has penned and performs in a new production called Fangirls. It has just opened in Brisbane at The Queensland Theatre Company before a season at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. The reviews have been splendid.

“Having written the book, music and lyrics, Blake adds a compelling stage presence, charisma to burn, and superb acting skills to a list of credentials that seems somehow implausible in someone who, onstage, genuinely does look 14 (the age of her character). Through sheer star power, Blake draws you in until you’re sharing every rollercoaster emotional moment”.

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 (PeterEyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au).
Closing date: Wednesday October 23 (T4W2)

Winner announced on Monday 28 October.

HSC Drama
Congratulations and good luck to our HSC Drama students as they finish their school days and work towards their end of course examinations. It has been an engaging year of study that has included the topics Black Comedy and Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice and the construction of practical works for the Individual Project and Group Performance.

Farewell Antonia Capelin, Danielle Bouchard, Elizabeth Armour, Elodie Jakes, Emma Sexton, Emma Shirley, Genevieve Cox, Greta Schaffer, Isabella Croker, Jana Hollo, Polly Hanning and Rose Byrne.

Thank you also to Elodie Jakes who has served as Drama Captain through the year.

SCEGGS Productions 2020
We look forward to celebrating SCEGGS 125th year with two exciting student productions.

The first of these will be a musical. I am delighted to announce that we will be presenting Ladies in Black. This is a musical based on the popular novel by Madeleine St John. Tim Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House fame has written the score.

A scrumptious coming of age musical set in the 1950's. The lead character is a teenager Lisa who joins the staff of a fashionable department store while she waits for her exam results.

Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women's clothing department. Each is on the precipice of change - facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.

The Age called it "a unicorn of the stage: a full-blown, home grown musical that actually works" and "probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global." It wrote "Tim Finn's songs range from Broadway-inspired numbers to true blue ballads, from witty patter songs to shares of blues and jazz standards. They're beautifully integrated with the dramatic action, and the comic lyrics are priceless."

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Musical Theatre Performer Chloe Dallimore will Direct and Choreograph the production. Chloe has appeared in significant commercial musical productions including Chicago, Oliver, Crazy For You and delivered star turns in The Addams Family as Morticia Addams, The Producers as Ulla and Annie as Lily St Regis.

The production will play The Eternity Theatre in Darlinghurst from June 4 to June 6, 2020.

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The excitement continues with a new play to be staged in November. The school has commissioned playwright alumnus Olivia (Liv) Satchell (2008) to construct a play for the anniversary celebrations. She has been working with students in the development of the work and early glimpses demonstrate something special.

The play is called Pretty.Strange and will be presented in St Peter’s Playhouse.

Ms Vivienne Rodda will direct.

Liv visited the school last week to hear the Year 10 Drama class read a first draft. It is very exciting! The girls were able to contribute dramaturgical advice and embraced the opportunity to be a part of the developmental process.

We look forward to the production to be presented in November 2020.

Both productions will be open to girls from Year 7 to Year 11 to audition.

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“Music blows lyrics up very quickly, and suddenly they become more than art. They become pompous and they become self-conscious ... I firmly believe that lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you not only have the music, but you've got costume, story, acting, orchestra. There's a lot to take in.”
― Stephen Sondheim (Composer)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 
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

 

 

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