In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen the whole school musical, ‘The Wedding Singer’, performed to sell out crowds over 4 shows and 2 Primary School performances. The stage musical version builds on the original film, with more singing, more glitter and more 80s references than before. This musical is all-original but still contains the famous Adam Sandler songs, “Somebody Kill Me” and “Grow Old With You” which, appear in the movie. As soon as I heard it, I knew that this was the perfect musical for our incredible students this year as it would give us the opportunity to not only incorporate crimped hair and fluro leg warmers, but I could immediately picture the big dance numbers and I loved that sense of nostalgia and the incredible heart that lay at the centre of this story. This musical was a perfect vehicle to showcase the many wonderfully talented students that were involved onstage, in the band and behind the scenes.
At the beginning of the audition process, we began with 120 eager students and through a tough audition process, 70 lucky students were chosen to be a part of this year’s show on stage and we had many more students in the band that were skilfully led by Mr Paul Armit. During the rehearsal process, a student said “the dancing is tough but it’s made me realise that I’m capable of so much more than I thought.” This sentiment was agreed upon by many as they rose to the challenge. To be involved in something that helps our wonderful students realise that they are capable of so much more, that they can dream bigger and not be afraid to put themselves out there has been such a privilege as a Director.
I’d like to thank everyone that supported us during the rehearsal process or came along to see the show, whether you’re a teacher, support staff, parent, guardian, friend or family, we all very much appreciate your support, contributions, supervision, kind words and helping hands. There is an enormous ‘thank you’ list but in particular I’d like to thank Paul Armit, Phoebe Lindsay, Oliver Dolbey, Heidi Nankervis, Christine O’Keefe, Jasmine Sanchez-Butt and Joel Nankervis for all that you did to bring this show to life.
Finally, the feedback we’ve received has been incredible, thank you to everyone that has either stopped us after the show, sent emails or written beautiful cards, the cast and band are slowly recovering but they are definitely still buzzing and everyone is already excited for what next year will bring.
Ms Jacinta Egan