Four plays set to amaze

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

PRE­PARE to laugh, cry, be con­fronted, and most im­por­tantly en­ter­tained to­mor­row night at the Moss­man High Year 12 Drama Per­for­mance Night.

The se­nior drama class is putting on four orig­i­nal plays in just one hour, cov­er­ing a di­verse range from liv­ing with schizophre­nia to what life was like for Don­key, be­fore Shrek.

Af­ter study­ing ab­sur­dism, stu­dents have in­cor­po­rated ab­surd ele­ments with slap­stick com­edy to pull apart the film Shrek and ex­plore life be­fore star­dom.

Baylie Fletcher will be part of a mu­si­cal play with three other stu­dents based on hit movie Step Up and says they have made it their own.

‘‘It is ex­cit­ing know­ing we are go­ing to per­form it in front of a live au­di­ence and give peo­ple an idea of what we do here in our drama class,’’ she said.

‘‘We have to use dig­i­tal me­dia so we have de­cided what to film and what will stay live, it’s been fun film­ing the scenes.’’

Writ­ing the scripts has been a long process for the four groups and Mia Fer­gu­son, who is per­form­ing in a trio said they are busy learn­ing their lines.

‘‘We are do­ing a Camp Rock par­ody in­cor­po­rated with Mean Girls. It’s like a mu­si­cal with dance and songs,’’ she said.

‘‘In the past we have done one big per­for­mance as a group and this year we de­cided to split it up to four dif­fer­ent plays so peo­ple can get a taste of our in­ter­pre­ta­tion of drama and dig­i­tal me­dia.’’

The most in­ter­est­ing play of the night will be based on a boy liv­ing with schizophre­nia, a play which Har­ri­son Tyrrell is in­volved in.

‘‘Jay­den, Braiden and I made it, we have al­ways done funny plays and wanted to do a se­ri­ous one and cre­ated a char­ac­ter based in a class­room with his schiz­o­phrenic friend in his mind start­ing to an­noy him,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s very con­fronting and will give the au­di­ence some­thing to think about, on the screen will be scenes of what the char­ac­ter sees in his mind and live on stage will be what the world sees.’’

En­try to see the four orig­i­nal plays is free, do not miss the Year 12 Drama Per­for­mance Night on to­mor­row night, Fri­day 13, from 7pm to 8pm at the Moss­man In­door Sports Cen­tre.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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Baylie Fletcher, Mia Fer­gu­son and Har­ri­son Tyrrell

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