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Performing Arts Update

31 March 2021

Opportunities in the Performing Arts at PAC extend far beyond performing in studio and on stage.

Performing Arts - Drama | Opportunities Abound!

Tech Crew
We are currently recruiting boys who are interested in learning all about the technical aspects of production, including sound, lighting, design and stage management. The Tech Crew officially formed in 2019 following the renovation of the Prince Philip Theatre and the ANZAC Hall when we installed world-class equipment such as the Grand MA II system. Initially led and inducted by then-Captain of Drama, Will Smart and College AV Technician, Dan Woolford, numbers grew quickly and the crew is now headed up by Year 12 Tech Captain, Josh Brazier and his VC Jack Miller. The team meets after school every Wednesday afternoon for training with industry professionals such as Sue Grey-Gardiner, Jay Rayner, Brad Sax and more who bring all of their knowledge and expertise to inspire the work we do. Supporting a variety of entertainment, weekly assemblies, music concerts, theatre productions and more, the Tech Crew is the backbone of our student events, and we want more boys to get involved. See Josh Brazier, Jack Miller, Captain of Drama Bailey Lock, or Patrick Femia Year 11 for more information. Younger boys should apply! Charlie Smart, Year 7 has been part of the crew since he was in Year 5 and he will be happy to explain to any boy who asks the important role this crew plays in the life of the College. Parents and students can also email directly to find out more.

Speech and Drama Classes
We are also looking for boys who want to learn more about graded examinations in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London. Similar to graded Music exams., acting classes and examination preparation will teach boys how to use their voices and bodies to convey a character and help them to gain a globally recognised and respected qualification in this field. We want boys who wish to improve their speaking abilities in presentations, debating and speeches; boys who wish to improve their confidence, learn to perform as part of an ensemble and find new friends in like-minded actors at PAC, perhaps from different year levels. Trinity Drama classes are fun, inclusive and challenging. Vacancies currently exist on Mondays and Wednesdays after school but these classes are strictly capped at ten students so boys will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact tutor, Alicia Zorkovic, directly on 0414261591 or email and for more information.

Year 12 SACE Drama: The 39 Steps
For the first time since 2007 PAC Year 12 Drama students will present their major work for performance assessment on Friday 30 April 2021. All are invited to come and see their play, The 39 Steps which is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the Hitchcock original. The performance will take place in the Prince Philip Theatre at 7pm with wine and cheese provided. Numbers are capped at 50 due to space requirements in the theatre.

Performing Arts – Music

Live Music Week
With three concerts in five days, many in our wider community enjoyed the talents of PAC musicians in Live Music Week #1 2021. The Burnside City Uniting Church Concert on Saturday 20th March saw some of our strings and voice ensembles serenading a capacity crowd at this lovely venue in Tusmore. The boys in the Prep Guitar Ensemble made their debut performance to the appreciative crowd, with all students enjoying the opportunity to play to a live audience in a venue with fantastic acoustics.

It was over to the concert bands and Drum Corps on Monday evening, as they presented Strike Up The Bands in the ANZAC Hall. With high-quality solo performances from three of our senior boys the concert was full of special moments, but the first ever performance from the Year 4 Beginner Concert Band was incredible. To play with confidence after only seven weeks on their instruments is very impressive - we’re very excited for the musical journey that lies ahead for these boys.

The final edition of this live concert series was Jammin’ in DC on Wednesday 24th March. Intended for the Davey Courtyard (‘DC’), the lovely surrounds of the Fisher Courtyard were too enticing and with the rain at bay the venue certainly delivered, with our audience enjoying the leafy and spacious outdoor setting. It was the Junior Rock Band that was on debut this time with the energetic Prep School group performing a wonderful rendition of Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. The senior rock bands later strutted their stuff with some exceptionally professional, lively and musically advanced performances on display. The event also raised valuable funds for the Prefect Fundraising Committee in their support of Jake Bilsborow and family.

Congratulations to all students who performed across Live Music Week #1 and thanks to those who came out to support the concerts. Special thanks must also go to Music Staff Mr Adam Mason, Ms Erna Berberyan, Ms Fran Greenwood, Ms Kerry Peterson and Mr Dan Woolford for their exceptional work on these events.

Andrew Edge
Director of Music

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