Students of St Augustine's College light up the stage with Hollywood best musical numbers.June 25, 2014 3:20am
St Augustine’s College’s Brigidine Centre was transformed into a red carpet Hollywood style cabaret extravaganza last Thursday and Friday evening.
This year’s school production, Sound Tracks, written by Goulburn Valley talent Patricia Sargent, showcases popular hits from movies including the classic Neptune’s Daughter, Blues Brothers, Fame and Les Miserables.
Music teacher Renee Rankin produced the show and her vision and leadership rallied a vast team of students, staff, parents and the Kyabram community.
Ms Rankin adapted the original show, writing scripts to include more characters and audience participation, just like the real Oscars.
‘‘The great thing about the format of Sound Tracks is that it provided an opportunity for more of our students to step into a lead role, developing their confidence and taking their talents to a new level,’’ Ms Rankin said.
She said students were also involved in the choreography of the numbers.
Rebecca Morrissey worked relentlessly with the school’s art department to set a scene that immersed the audience in an interactive fun-filled songfest.
The crowd went wild when school principal Oronzo Farina and English teacher Michael Dowlan took the stage as the Blues Brothers for a rousing rendition of Shake Your Tail Feather.
Teacher Troy Ferrier had everyone in fits as the outrageous Austin Powers, heckling audience members with his famous one-liners.
St Augustine’s College’s band provided live accompaniment to all the tunes, an outstanding effort of teachers and students, involving many after school and weekend rehearsals.
Students Kaylee Brown and Stacey Griffiths, the evening’s glamorous, comedically competing co-hosts vied for the spotlight as they kept the flow of St Aug’s all singing and dancing performers streaming across the stage.
David Minger and his assistant Pete from Minger’s Mitre 10 worked many tireless nights with teacher Ian Paterson to construct the large sets.
Kerrie Bozzela and Theresa Sandford assembled a huge wardrobe of costumes for nearly 50 performers doing 22 songs over three acts.
Andrew Moore and his team from Dillmac Entertainment provided light and sound with St Aug’s student Marcus Angelino capably managing the performers’ headsets and microphones throughout the intensive changeovers.
‘‘Shows like this really pull the college and wider community together as so many people contribute their time, talent and other resources to make it happen,’’ Nickee Freeman said on behalf of the make-up team.
‘‘For example, Ian Collie Pharmacy were very supportive, giving advice and supplying makeup. Also, Wendy Spooner’s KCLC VET Beauty girls came to lend a hand for Wednesday’s matinee show with Layla and Jemma coming back to help on Thursday and Friday evening, which was great.’’
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