2017 College Production

On August 25 and 26 a group of 43 students (cast, band and crew) presented their interpretation of a work that is widely considered to be one of the finest plays of the 20th Century.

This team of hardworking students have worked since March on refining their work, learning a lot of lines and learning how to sing the songs and bringing to life this dark moral tale about the ravages of war. My thanks go to Mr Christopher Dalton, Principal at Sacred Heart Girls’ College Oakleigh, for allowing his students to take part in our production.

For over 50 years, it has been an accepted theatrical convention to have original music accompany the songs in works by Brecht, and the music used in our play was composed by Billy Drakopoulos, a Year 11 student. The poster was designed by Vasilios Thomopoulos of Year 12, after winning a very close poster design competition run by Ms Sarah Martin. Apart from one musician and two technicians, all the roles (on stage and off) were undertaken by Salesian and Sacred Heart students, giving them the great opportunity to ‘own’ this series of performances. This production genuinely was their work.

Our opening night was performed to a full house, and our third and final performance was also very well attended. The actors did particularly well at our matinee, as even though the theatre was half full, they still performed excellently; correcting the few minor errors made on the previous evening. It was extremely pleasing to see so many students attend the three shows – it was great to have your support.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the many staff who helped supervise rehearsals, organise schedules, get props and transport actors over the last five months; especially Miss Elissa Galante, Miss Alexandra Tsiavis, Ms Carolyn Ellul and Ms Maryanne Xuereb.

Mr Adam Croft
Head of Performance

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