'Les Mis' simply marvellous

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This year's epic school production, Les Miserables, marked 10 years of musicals on the stage of the Audrey Keown Theatre.

Playing to sold-out audiences for all three nights the success of the production was recognised in no better way that the spontaneous 5-10 minute standing ovation the cast, orchestra and crew received after every single performance.

With an orchestra of 49 tackling the non-stop score with precision and gusto and a cast of 67 transporting their audience into France, circa 1820s, it was hard to imagine that what was being produced was by students. Many commented after the production that they thought it matched or outdid the professional production currently on in Sydney.

Mr Michael O’Dea (Musical Director), Mrs Casey Allen (Vocal director), and Mr Andrew Basile (Rehearsal Accompanist), along with Ms Jodi McCarthy (Producer) and Ms Nicky Kotsis (Costumes and Backstage Manager) all did an enormous amount to ensure the success of this production. Their collective passion for the process and skill in their chosen fields provided the cast with an exceptional experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Our sincere thanks are also extended to Dr Burgis and the College Council for allowing us to produce such elaborate productions. Music and Drama play such an important part of a student’s education, growth and development and here at PLC Sydney the students are given many opportunities to take part in their creative pursuits.

Thank also to Mrs Nadia Young (Photography), Mrs Sally Wilding (Program), Mr Malcolm Heap (Videography), Mrs Cathee McCallum (Front of House) and Ms Monique Curiel (Orchestra – Viola) for making such a wonderful contribution to the production.

Next year we are going to move to the other end of the spectrum when we present Monty Python’s Spamalot. We hope to see you there.

Mr Greg Friend
Head of Drama

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