The appreciative audiences were wowed by the talent on display, as students presented a combination of dance, film, and drama performances.
In Term 1, the specialist D-Squared group also performed a play at the Performance Evening, and each term are creating something new for the audience. This group meets at lunchtimes and is for students with a shared interest in Drama who are keen to develop their performance skills.
Performing Arts Co-ordinator, Ginnie Thorner, produces and directs the Performance Evenings, and says students gain so much from working extensively with stories in their Drama work. “Exploring imagination and story in Drama really helps them to build an understanding of the human experience, develop empathy, and learn how others see the world. Drama is about so much more than acting, or being a tree,” she said.
This is the seventeenth year Ginnie has taught Dance and Drama to Preparatory School students. During this time she has created eight full Years 7–8 productions, and has worked with over 1800 students, helping them to perform on stage. “In all the shows we put on, including the recent Performance Evenings, there are many students who have never performed on stage before. It is a privilege to be able to give them that experience.”
By the end of 2021, Ginnie will have also directed and produced 10 Middle School productions and produced eight Senior productions. She says others who made a significant contribution to the Preparatory School Performance Project Evenings are Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, for operating sound at the rehearsals and the performances, Hana Pearce (OC 2019), for the lighting plotting and technical support, and Senior Theatre students, Struan Gordon, Daniel Dolan, Poppy Rumble (all Year 11), Sarah Anthony (Year 12) and Josh Inglis, Thomas Wells, Scarlett Rumble and Kyla Hughes (all Year 13) who have supported the Preparatory School students.
Each term, a special Performance Project Evening is being held in the Preparatory School, to give Year 7–8 students the opportunity to share some of their wonderful in-class work.