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The building has come to life again with a smorgasbord of sounds and movement.​

The most exciting aspect is that all groups, activities and ensembles can now rehearse and there is such a positive vibe flowing through the Performing Arts Centre.

The building has come to life again with a smorgasbord of sounds and movement on offer almost every day of the week before school, lunchtime or after school. The last remaining Covid-19 restrictions and bad weather impacted the start of the year, however, this did not stop the enthusiasm and the hard work from staff and students as they worked towards future performances.

The cast of Oliver performed to packed audiences on all three nights.

Term 1 saw the Carlton Cup return to the AKT stage followed up shortly after with the Theatre Sports Challenge held at Tara this year, for which we can proudly announce that PLC Sydney won. Shortly after the Theatre Sports events, the Middle Years Production took to the AKT stage. This year's production was Wendy and Peter Pan . What a show. The cast was captivating in every way possible over the two nights. The cast and staff worked so hard amidst covid absences and demonstrated great passion and commitment.

Despite absences due to Covid-19, staff and students worked hard to bring the incredible production of Wendy and Peter Pan to the stage.

The 2022 PLC Musical Oliver finished its very successful run performing to packed audiences on all three nights. Rehearsals for Oliver were held online in Term 4 in 2021 which was certainly an experience for both staff and students. It was very exciting to return to face-to-face rehearsals this year and it didn’t take long for the usual camaraderie to grow.

The end of the first term holidays saw an intense four day production camp where the cast, crew, and orchestra worked extremely hard to refine their own areas of the production whilst working together to present a Performing Arts spectacular. The end result was a polished and entertaining production that demonstrated the depth of talent within all areas of the Performing Arts at PLC Sydney.

The PLC Sydney Dance Troupes doubled in size in 2022 with there now being 2 senior and 2 junior dance troupes. The troupes have been working hard and attended a dance camp in early June in preparation for the first-ever PLC Sydney Dance performance.

The Pipes and Drums have had a busy Term 1

The sounds of life return to the Performing Arts Centre_Image 3: On 10 April, the Pipes and Drums Band played for the arrival of HRH Princess Anne at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli.

Mr Garry Barker has taken over the role of PLC Sydney Pipes and Drums Director. The Pipes and Drums have had a busy Term 1 performing at both school and outside events. On 10 April, the Band played for the arrival of HRH Princess Anne at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli and the very next day delivered two performance parades at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. They are working on extending the Band’s musical repertoire and improving to even higher standards of performance, which I’m sure will lead to further public performances.

The Choirs, String Ensembles, Bands, and Bells have all returned to rehearsing

Rehearsals have looked very different from the usual rehearsal formats, however, very gradually, rehearsals are returning to the norm. Despite these obstacles, staff and students are very excited to be rehearsing and making music again. The top floor of the Performing Arts Centre is alive once more with the sounds of music. There have already been numerous school events that several groups have performed at such as Madrigal performing at the Anzac assembly. All ensembles worked hard towards performances, such as the Open Day and Fair, and The Annual Music Festival. There are many more exciting performances to come throughout the year that everyone is looking forward to. And the successful Macindoe Lunchtime Concerts that were held during the lockdown period of 2021 have now returned.

Here at PLC Sydney we have a growing number of talented Jazz musicians. Each year on 30 April, UNESCO recognises the tremendous importance and global outreach of Jazz music with International Jazz Day. On 29 April, students from Big Band, Stage Band, and Junior Jazz Ensemble got together during lunch to jam and encourage each other.

Image opposite: The sounds of life return to the Performing Arts Centre_Image 4: Students from the Big Band, Stage Band, and Junior Jazz Ensemble got together during lunch for a jam session to celebrate International Jazz Day.

It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of Jazz.

Herbie Hancock
Mr Phil Harper
Director of Performing Arts
Coordinator of Bands