MLC School 2019 Senior School Production Blows Audiences Away
From 12 to 15 June 2019, 40 MLC School girls from Year 10 to Year 12, in collaboration with boys from Newington College and Trinity Grammar, came together to captivate their audiences in Michael Gow’s play, Away.
Away, captures a snapshot of
Australian family life during the 1960s and the ritual of going away during the
summer festive season. But as well as packing their swimmers, kaftans and New
Year’s Eve ball gowns, the characters in this play are each weighed down by
other baggage in their lives.
keeping with MLC School tradition, a large ensemble cast of 15 fairies breathed
new life into the play with a highly comic rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer
Nights’ Dream in the opening ‘school play’ within the play. From here
we travelled to the glitz and glamour of Gold Coast hotel luxury, and to the
simpler pleasures of a quintessentially Australian beachside campsite.
Technical Crew, consisting of Year 11 VET Entertainment students, also played a
huge part in the success of Away. The
crew constructed the entire set out of vintage suitcases, an extended metaphor
for the emotional ‘baggage’ that each family carries with them in this play.
They adopted a range of production roles including lighting, audio and staging
operations, as well organising costumes and props to bring this play to life. The
quality and skill with which all the crew worked, brought a standard to this
production that is on equal standing with many professional theatre companies.
success of Away is also attributed to
the dedicated MLC School Dance, Drama and Entertainment Department – Ms Lisa
Jinga, Head of Department and Co-Director of Away, Ms Lisa Jinga, Mr Julian Kennard Co-Director of Away, Ms Jenna Skepper, Ms Bojana Kvrgic, Ms Samantha Abrahim and Ms Liane Simpson.
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