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Diverse Romantic Absurd Melodramatic Amusing A Taste of Scotch ...
Art Lights a Fire Within The Performing Arts recognise the whole student. They foster a sense of self, community, culture and spirituality in a safe but experimental environment. They allow young men and women to learn equally and enjoy a rich creative life. Scotch College students are encouraged through their pursuit of music, drama or dance to discover new ways of seeing and interpreting their world. The Performing Arts have a proud history at Scotch College. Long before Torrens Park House was home to students, the Barr Smith family encouraged the theatrical leanings of their two daughters and built one of South Australia’s few heritage theatres in the 1880s. Today, the fully restored Barr Smith Theatre plays host to a multitude of performances by more than 500 students throughout the year. Scotch College delivers performing arts in two distinct formats – via the curriculum for all students and via The Academy at Scotch for internal and external students who are elite performers. Diverse Blight, Victoria Stewart, Will Stiles (and a little On the Road in 2003 help from our Year 11 dead body, James R omantic Forty-Five students from Years 7 to 12 took part Dalyrmple) were suitably melodramatic in their Absurd delivery of 1920’s murder mystery style in a most rewarding Music Tour and Exchange Melodramatic characters. to Queensland in the July holidays. Amusing Accompanied by Marion Statton, Belinda The Year 9 and 11 production crew are to be Sorensen, Richard Blinco and Mark Cameron- This year the Year 12 Drama students were congratulated on their team effort which Smith they spent a week engaged in involved in three very diverse plays - The Real produced a smooth season. Daniel Charlton’s workshops, rehearsals and a total of eight Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, After work as Backstage Manager should be performances. Magritte by Tom Stoppard and Speaking in especially noted. Many staff members, parents Tongues by Andrew Bovill. All 17 students and students were generous with their time St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly was worked cooperatively and impressed me with and effort. I would like to personally thank the first host school. With an enrolment of 1800 their enthusiasm and professional approach. Stephen Kelly for his help and support and Ken students from Reception to Year 12, a big The performances were highly successful and Surridge for his effortless contribution to the boarding facility, and a music program that is attracted pleasing audience numbers. final set design. Overall, the entire experience over twenty years old, they have large numbers was a positive one for all concerned. of students involved in their Choral, Orchestral The set was indicative of the surreal and and Band program. The Scotch group had the absurd elements of the play. Gentle clouds Nicola Triglau pleasure of workshopping with St Peter’s staff appeared to float on a skewed walls and Director and Drama Teacher and students and then shared in combined Katherine Waterman’s stunning costumes performances, gave our own concert and contrasted them beautifully. A stand out was A Taste of Scotch performed at their assemblies. Alex Veale’s hand crafted red dress. She wooed and dazzled the audience and her lover A Taste of Scotch 2003 was another exciting After this very full two days in Brisbane the Birdboot, played by Guy Bussenchutt. showcase of excellence in music and the Elder group journeyed to Coomera where they Hall on a Sunday proved a highly successful performed at Dream World and were hosted by After Magritte starring Jess Martin, Benn choice of venue and time. With a special the very new Coomera Anglican College. This Welford, Vic Stewart, Torie Brown and Will emphasis on items that integrated students included combined rehearsals, a shared Stiles was completely absurd. Highly across our three schools and combined Vocal, Concert and another short concert at their intellectual and full of complex messages, the Strings, Bands and Caledonian music, it was assembly. Our students performed well, performers showed great comic timing. The arguably our finest concert to date. showing a great variety of ensembles and second play was the first act of Speaking in styles from our Chamber Orchestra to the Tongues, starring Carly Bowyer, Ned Swifte, Best Foot Forward Guitar Band to the Girls Rock Band and the Samantha Johnson and Andrew McKenzie. Our SACE Dance Moderation Concert Tour Band and Choir were sensational. This play was polyphonic in nature and also featured Colourful Classical, Modern, Jazz and demanded impeccable timing. The cast tackled The feedback received from host parents was Tap items choreographed by Terry Simpson, sophisticated issues with a maturity and glowing and the Scotch group celebrated the Demitra Villios, Rachel Symons. Our SACE insight. success of their hard work with a day of fun at Dance teacher, Jayson Smart produced Dream World and a shared dinner at the Hard Finally, audiences were treated to an energetic outstanding works for the Stage One and Two Rock Café at Surfer’s Paradise. and witty performance in The Real Inspector Dance students and coordinated the entire Hound. Guy Bussenchutt, Matthew Vesely, evening. Once again our film team directed by Marion Statton Alex Veale, Natasha Wade, Kirsty Jacobs, Nick Richard Blinco captured the evening on film. Head of Performing Arts Faculty 20 scotch reports Letters from staff and parents at Coomera College Dear Marion, Thank YOU!!!!! Your group has inspired our students immensely with comments like: - “Oh my God Miss. Those guitarists put us to shame. When can we practice?” - “Those vocalists were so good that they made my head spin.” - “Those kids were so nice Miss. Will our billets in New Zealand be just as nice?” It has given us an extra push for our commitment to get us to New Zealand. If the trip becomes no longer viable, then we’ll be looking for a tour within Australia. We may look at Adelaide and come to visit you. Staff, students and parents alike raved about the musical abilities of your students. Thanks again for your inspirational work. LIZ Dear Mr. Fisher, As a parent of children attending Coomera Anglican College, Gold Coast. I thought it appropriate to email you as we have just been a billet family for two evenings. We had the company of two fine ambassadors from your College, Chika Togami and Emma Clonan. Both young ladies were well mannered, polite, friendly and outgoing. Our own children, in Years 9 & 12 enjoyed the girls company, despite the 5.45am start! We would not hesitate to participate in the billet program again. Yours faithfully, Dianne & Shane Cody. 1 2 Spread shows images from The Academy at Scotch production ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Drama posters, Taste of Scotch and Wee Nip of Scotch, and Best Foot Forward. 1 Music Tour: just about to head to Dreamworld 2 Music Tour: bright sunshine for the performance at Dreamworld scotch reports 21
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