Stu­dents bring clas­sic to life

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

St Luke’s Col­lege stu­dents grabbed their chance to star on stage last month dur­ing their long-awaited pro­duc­tion of Alice in Won­der­land.

Jazz Van Don­gen said she was sur­prised when she was given the lead role as Alice.

“I have never done drama at this school — I did one play in pri­mary school where I was the lead,” she said.

“I al­ways watched Peter Pan when I was lit­tle, so I loved all Dis­ney movies and Alice was one of my favourites.

“I hope there are more pro­duc­tions be­cause they are re­ally ex­cit­ing to be a part of.”

Di­rec­tor Nina Usher said the play had been a long time in the mak­ing, hav­ing been con­ceived in 2013.

“I al­ways loved the idea of ab­sur­dism as a style and Alice is to­tally down that path,” she said.

“I read scripts other peo­ple had writ­ten and found them a bit bor­ing or child­ish, so de­cided to write my own and it just de­vel­oped from there.

Mrs Usher said the stu­dents had put a lot of ef­fort into help­ing get the per­for­mance off the ground.

“I got a lot of in­put from the kids along the way when it came to lyrics and how the scenes would run,” she said. “We had over 100 peo­ple au­di­tion.

“It went down a lit­tle bit since then in terms of who could com­mit and the down­turn in Kar­ratha, but our fi­nal group have been out­stand­ing.”

Mrs Usher said it was a big re­lief to see the show ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions.

Natasha Fla­herty, Liam Moran and Jazz Van Don­gen.

Jah­dal Baker, Jazz Van Don­gen, Liam Moran and Natasha Fla­herty.

Jazz Van Don­gen as Alice.

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