Orig­i­nal Buffy mu­si­cal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

Vam­pires, were­wolves and witches will step onto Ararat Town Hall stage to­mor­row and Fri­day in an orig­i­nal Ararat Col­lege mu­si­cal.

‘Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer the Mu­si­cal’, loosely based on the TV se­ries, will fea­ture an on-stage cast of 40 stu­dents play­ing a mix of char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Sab­rina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer se­ries char­ac­ter Spike.

Di­rec­tor and teacher Ja­nine Pool said stu­dents had been ded­i­cated in their re­hearsals, with many step­ping into roles that were orig­i­nally cast for other stu­dents.

“The stu­dents have been work­ing hard to learn their lines, dances and songs,” she said.

“They have prac­ticed dur­ing many lunchtimes, after school and even in the school hol­i­days. And, as al­ways, I have

my re­li­able cast who step up and take on ex­tra roles when oth­ers with­draw.

“They have all shown in­spi­ra­tional act­ing skills and have stepped into roles that weren’t ini­tially theirs.

“They have no idea how grate­ful I am that they are willing to do this.”

Ms Poole said the col­lege’s mu­si­cal would tell the story of Buffy, played by Caitlin O’brien, who fights vam­pires and other myth­i­cal crea­tures.

She said to add to Buffy’s ene­mies, a ‘De­mon of Song and Dance’, Harry Hauser, will be set on wreak­ing havoc on the town of Sun­ny­dale by mak­ing its res­i­dents sing and dance ‘to their doom’.

“They be­gin to sing and dance so much, they can­not do their ev­ery­day chores and even­tu­ally they all might ex­pire un­less Buffy and her team can stop him and his evil min­ions,” she said.

“There are even some were­wolves thrown into the mix. There will be nu­mer­ous well-known songs. It’s def­i­nitely worth see­ing as the stu­dents have been hard at prac­tice.

“And even though this mu­si­cal is about vam­pires and demons, it re­mains PG rated, so it will be lots of fun for all the fam­ily.”

Other lead roles in­clude Ash­leigh Evans-schott as ‘Watcher’ Giles, Jack Ward as Xan­der, Lau­ren Bowles as Cordelia, Zane Saun­ders as An­gelus, James Mullin as Spike, and Zafi­rah Davies-har­ri­son as Sab­rina the Teenage Witch.

Ms Poole said many stu­dents were new per­form­ers, had taken on their first lead role for the pro­duc­tion, or were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing back-stage work for the first time.

She said she was im­pressed by their tal­ent and ex­cited for all cast and crew to be able to see ‘the fruits of their labour’ across their two per­for­mances.

Peo­ple can buy tick­ets from Ararat Col­lege of­fice.

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