Mu­si­cal to mark col­lege’s 40th year

Western Suburbs Weekly - - John Xxiii College Turns 40 - By MON­TANA AR­DON

JOHN XXIII Col­lege’s drama stu­dents will take their au­di­ence on a mem­o­rable jour­ney with the mu­si­cal Into the Woods this month to cel­e­brate the school’s 40th an­niver­sary.

Long-serv­ing teacher Ge­orge Tsak­isiris has been Head of Drama for more than half of the Col­lege’s his­tory, with Into the Woods mark­ing his 23rd pro­duc­tion.

“This is the first time that we have pro­duced a Stephen Sond­heim mu­si­cal,” Mr Tsak­isiris said.

“He is one of the most ac­claimed com­posers and his work is very chal­leng­ing and so­phis­ti­cated.

“It’s also the first time that we are do­ing a mu­si­cal with Eng­lish rather than Amer­i­can ac­cents, and it is the most elab­o­rately de­signed mu­si­cal we’ve done.”

Into the Woods is a Broth­ers Grimm-in­spired mu­si­cal, which fol­lows a baker and his wife

played by Year 12 stu­dents Sam Moloney and Mikayla Bargh, who wish to have a child, as well as Cin­derella (Grace Fletcher) who wants go to the king’s fes­ti­val, and Jack (David Stokes) who wishes his cow would give him milk.

When the baker and his wife are vis­ited by a witch (Alice Chaney), who re­veals to them that she placed a curse on their fam­ily, the pair set off on a jour­ney into the woods to re­verse the curse.

Also in the woods, the au­di­ence meets Lit­tle Red, the Wolf, the witch’s daugh­ter Ra­pun­zel, and the princes chas­ing af­ter their loves.

The com­mu­nity must come to­gether to save each other and their king­dom, but sac­ri­fices must be made.

“This is very much an en­sem­ble pro­duc­tion that show­cases some strong stu­dent ac­tors who are also good singers,” Mr Tsak­isiris said.

“We have been re­hears­ing since the start of the school year and other stu­dents are in­volved in the back­stage crew, sound and light­ing, make-up and band.”

The col­lege will be hold­ing its 40th an­niver­sary ball on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21, ap­pro­pri­ately themed ‘Dance Through the Decades’.

Both cur­rent par­ents and alumni will be treated to a night of great mu­sic, food and en­ter­tain­ment, weav­ing the story of our foun­da­tion from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to the present day.

Tick­ets are on sale from May 24 and can be bought from the col­lege.

Stu­dents Grace Fletcher, David Stokes (with cow), Sam Moloney, Mikayla Bargh and Alice Chaney in a scene from the mu­si­cal Into the Woods.

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