Dance

On Saturday 19 May, Sophie Wilson and myself had the pleasure of watching three of our Senior Westminster Dancers, Julia Damato, Sophie Sibbons, and 2018 Dance Captain Luke Rigden, perform in the Australian Dance Theatre Open Day as members of the prestigious ADT Youth Ensemble.

Our students performed with other ensemble members to present a contemporary dance class demonstration, followed by learnt repertoire from the ADT company work ‘Be Yourself’. We were very proud of our Stage 2 Dance students Julia, Luke, and Sophie, and their fine display of dance and professional attitude.

Curricular Dance students are currently working hard in preparation for our annual Dance Allsorts performance on Thursday 7 June, 7.30 pm in the Michael Murray Centre. This concert celebrates the Semester 1 performance work of students from Years 8 to 12. We hope you will join us at this event in Week 6. Entry is by Gold Coin Donation.

Carolyn Obst
Head of Dance

Year 12 Production, SACE Stage 2 Drama

Year 12 SACE Stage 2 Drama students are required to perform a Group Performance for assessment. Worth a significant percentage of the years’ grade, this provides students opportunities to apply and demonstrate the range of skills in performance and production they have acquired, often across Years 8 to 12.

This year’s production is a challenging one, which also serves to commemorate the centenary of the year World War One ceased on 11 November 1918.

In just eighteen months, 1916 -1918, the Western Front claimed a staggering 52,000 Australian and 12,000 New Zealand lives, nearly half of all Australians who died in all wars including World War Two.

All Blood Runs Red is a theatre experience where stories of the fallen, and those who survived, are brought together in moving reflections of World War One, ‘The war to end all wars’. Offering neither validation, nor condemnation, the play simply recognizes the facts of war, its impact and aftermath.

Capturing the recollections of survivors and memories encapsulated in the writings of those who did not, the play is an affirmation for some, an awakening for others; a commemoration for all.

They are trapped in a moment, trapped on the Western Front, 1918.

Each cycle is interrupted by new arrivals, each with powerful recollections of their war.

‘We thought we managed alright, kept the awful things out of our minds, but now I’m an old man and they come out from where I hid them. Every night.’

James McPhee, 4th Field Ambulance veteran. (1892-1977)

The Year 12 Drama Class of 2018 is looking forward to performing for you.

Please follow the link to download the SACE Stage 2 Drama Production Poster.

John Doherty
Head of Drama

Music Notes

Congratulations to Matthew Li (Year 12 Carter), Kate Cao (Year 3 Abbey), and Yuchen Zhou (Year 12 Carter) who all achieved 100% (High Distinction) for their Grade 1 AMEB theory exam.

Emily Jaarsma (Year 12 Dunstan) who also achieved 100% for her Grade 2 AMEB theory exam.

Bandstand 2018

Thank you to everyone who came along to Bandstand 2018 on Thursday 17 May.

The Friends of Music provided drinks and nibbles while the Senior Jazz Ensemble performed in the MMC foyer. The Percussion Ensemble started the evening off, followed by our Rock Bands and Big Bands.

The Prep Concert Band had their first performance for the year, followed by the Senior Concert Band who followed immediately afterwards with a stirring rendition of Mekong, accompanied by a wonderful visual presentation put together by Ms Elena Harrison.

Congratulations to all the students involved in this concert. For many this was the first performance for this year.

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Sing Sing Sing

On Wednesday 20 June the annual Sing Sing Sing concert will take place at 6.30 pm in the MMC. The Friends of Music will once again provide refreshments before the concert for parents, friends, and families that have to drop their sons and daughters off pre-concert.

Like Bandstand, this will be a short concert, normally running for about an hour.

This involves all the choirs in the School, and as tradition, they will meet at the end of the concert for a combined item, always a fantastic spectacle.

No tickets for this one either, but a gold coin donation would be welcomed.

Big Band Bash

On Sunday 3 June Westminster Big Band 1 will take part in the annual Big Band Bash at the Gov, in memory of Mike Stewart. Big Band 1 will be on stage at 2.40 pm.

The concert starts at 11.00 am, and will finish around 4.00 pm, with over a dozen Big Bands involved.

Big Band 1 would love to see you at this event.

Please follow the link to download the Big Band Bash Poster.

Michael Degenhart
Head of Performing Arts