Tuesday 15 April 2014

Once on This Island

This year, students between Years 7 to 12 at The Ridgeway Campus performed Once on this Island. The production was an intense, tribal feast of colour and energy celebrating the art of story telling. Running from 12 – 14 March all four shows were well received with full and appreciative audiences. Students worked extremely hard on choreography, singing and acting, and as a result the 2014 production was made up of four performances of thrilling musical theatre.

The story centers on the story of a boy and girl who fall in love but are forbidden to marry because of their different social classes and is set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean sea.

Students performed against the backdrop of a large, ominous volcano. Physical theatre was the order of the day; all of the pictures for the dramatic action were made by the students themselves, set to the wondrous Caribbean sounds of a score by Ahrens and Flaherty.

Swift character changes, beautiful costume designs, terrific choreography, a beautiful lighting and sound design and intense focus were the platforms for this fast-moving, energetic theatre piece. The performing and creative arts at Ivanhoe Grammar are surging forward with courageous and innovative stagings of contemporary theatre works and Once On This Island was an example of this.

Ivanhoe Grammar School has a robust performing and visual arts program – read all about it here