World War II letters gifted by former pupils form the basis for Feilding high School’s 95th anniversary production.
‘‘Beautifully written’’ a selection of wartime letters have been incorporated into a play written by the school’s head of drama, Karla Haronga. FAHS War Years opens at Feilding High tonight.
‘‘It’s a language and an art form that we have lost. So the script is predominantly the words from these letters.
‘‘The things that popped out were the founder of the school, L.J Wild who obviously had amassive influence on them as young men, and the school haka is also mentioned a lot.’’
Inspired by those ‘‘stunning pieces of literature’’ to encapsulate the real life experiences of the men, Karla wrote the play in 2007.
‘‘It does it’s best to tie together the school’s history with its founding principal, Mr LJWild, and theWar Years, ending with our school’s Roll of Honour.’’
Projections of photos of those portrayed in the play are integrated into the production, adding another layer of meaning.
Involving more than 50 students on and off stage, Karla says ensemble members have been affected by the weight of what they are bringing to the stage, and are treating it with appropriate respect.
Feilding High School’s jazz band Neon Fusion are providing swing tunes from the era to accompany the production.
FAHS War Years plays at the school Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the school office and via email@example.com
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