Performing Arts Pages
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The very first Drama Company performance - Inheritance - played in the Audrey Keown Theatre (AKT) last week. The production was an overwhelming success. Audience members were moved to tears by the confrontingly beautiful material presented by the 35 cast members in Years 8-11. Many commented that Inheritance contained some of the best Drama ever to grace the stage at PLC Sydney. The production meshed scripted material from some of the most famous plays from the theatrical cannon with song, movement, as well as real audio stories and images from members of the school community. Audience members enjoyed engaging with the joyful and harrowing aspects of living within a family. The addition of the foyer exhibition then extended their experience. Victoria Hu’s photographic essay, documenting the rehearsal process, allowed viewers an insight into the focus and hard work involved in staging a show like Inheritance. The special family objects and personal stories also on display were moving tributes to the values and traditions that make families unique. They were an example of how often our most precious items cannot be valued in monetary terms. This was a very personal project. I want to thank the cast for their bravery in working with material that was, at times, difficult. It has been such a thrill to challenge our students with scripted work that we would never normally be able to stage in its entirety. I am also very thankful to my co-director Maria Halkidis for believing in this venture and encouraging me to try something new. Inheritance is about family and I am proud to say that the PLC Sydney Drama Company has forged one of its own.
After the resounding success of Inheritance, I look forward to the next Drama Company production.
Joanna Maxwell, Head of Drama.
During the July school holidays, 22 students from the PLC Sydney Chamber Choir and three staff members attended the biennial Choralfest in Brisbane. This is a selective event that requires applying a year in advance. Congratulations to our Chamber Choir who were one of just two NSW choirs selected and the only NSW School choir.
Over the five days, the girls worked solidly with overseas conductors including Elise Bradley and world renowned arranger and conductor, Andre Thomas. They were challenged with long hours of rehearsal with other female choirs and workshops with composers including Annie Kwok. Over their lunch breaks and in the evenings, they were lucky enough to hear some very polished choirs from the USA, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The group performed three times over the weekend including a combined performance with 160 other singers at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). In their own performances, they sang two new Australian works very well and were beautifully accompanied by violinists Isabella Zhu (Year 12) and Sabena Bhadri (Year 11) as well as Mr Andrew Basile on piano. With two students celebrating birthdays whilst on tour, the group managed to fit in some shopping at Southbank; enjoyed a ride on the Brisbane Eye; ate ice cream and explored the Roma St parklands; and they had a fabulous day at Movie World! The whole event was a memorable time for all.
Thank you to Isabella Zhu (2017 Music Captain) and to Mrs Kathleen Thomas, Ms Faraday Pang, Mr Andrew Basile and Ms Fiona Clouston for enabling this tour to happen.