‘We’re all in this to­gether’

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cap­news.com.au

IT’S SHOW­TIME: Biloela State High School stu­dents will hit the stage at the Civic Cen­tre this week­end for the school’s first mu­si­cal in two years. Loukas Vasil­iadis, Noah Bongers, Stu­art Arnold, Michael Ste­ger and Ri­ley Arnold on stage as the bas­ket­ballers

BILOELA State High School stu­dents will be singing their way to the top at the Civic Cen­tre tonight as they open their first show of High School Mu­si­cal.

Biloela State High School head of health, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and the arts Kath Zis­chke is the mu­si­cal’s pro­ducer and said there had been a lot of hours’ work put in lead­ing up to the shows.

The di­rec­tor is teacher Kate Kowitz.

The en­tire crew – in­clud­ing ac­tors and back­stage – to­tals about 50 stu­dents, the most the school has had in­volved in a mu­si­cal.

Re­hearsals be­gan at the start of term two, two af­ter­noons a week and one Satur­day a fort­night.

Last Tues­day the crew took to the Civic Cen­tre stage, where they un­der­went deeper re­hearsals and fine-tuned the stag­ing.

“It’s been a big com­mit­ment for the stu­dents and I am re­ally proud of them,” Ms Zis­chke said.

“The kids are re­ally good, they have been re­ally good about be­ing on time, get­ting into char­ac­ter, go­ing back­stage, lis­ten­ing to feed­back and ap­ply­ing it.”

The four main roles are bas­ket­ball cap­tain Troy Bolton, played by Stu­art Arnold; his girl­friend Gabrielle Mon­tez, played by Kate­lyn Nin­ness; and vi­brant twins Shar­pay and Ryan Evans, played by Phoebe Ge­or­giou and Jared Cullen.

“We have some re­ally tal­ent kids as well that I am re­ally proud of,” Ms Zis­chke said. High School Mu­si­cal was re­leased as a film in 2006,

with sub­se­quent films High School Mu­si­cal 2 and 3 in 2007 and 2008 con­sec­u­tively. “The kids have all seen and they know it, it’s not Pi­rates of Pen­zance (1983), which is so old that it is

com­pletely out of date,” Ms Zis­chke said.

It has been two years since the high school put on a mu­si­cal, with the last one be­ing Into the Woods.

Four years prior to that, stu­dents at the time per­formed Peter Pan’s Es­cape to Nev­er­land.

With th­ese gaps in be­tween, the stu­dents and teach­ers are very excited and en­thu­si­as­tic to bring a mu­si­cal to the com­mu­nity this year.

The plan from now is to do a mu­si­cal ev­ery two years.

“It de­pends on what tal­ent we have at the school, what teach­ers we have,” Ms Zis­chke said.

A lot of work goes on be­hind the scenes when or­gan­is­ing a mu­si­cal, not just re­hearsals and the play it­self but or­gan­is­ing ticket sales, can­teen, front of house, light­ing and sound.

Co-or­di­nat­ing staff and stu­dent timeta­bles has also been a headache – but it will all be for­got­ten come 7pm when the cur­tain draws and the stu­dents shine in their per­for­mance.

“We are re­ally keen for the com­mu­nity to come and sup­port us,” Ms Zis­chke said.

It’s been a big com­mit­ment for the stu­dents and I am re­ally proud of them.

— Kath Zis­chke

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

Kate­lyn Nin­ness and Stu­art Arnold play lead roles Gabrielle and Troy.

PHO­TOS: VANESSA JAR­RETT

Phoebe Ge­or­giou and Jared Cullen will per­form fab­u­lous dances as the Evan twins.

ON THE BALL: The bas­ket­ballers have some nifty dance sport moves they will show in Biloela State High School’s per­for­mance of High School Mu­si­cal, which opens tonight.

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