Performing Arts Report – October 6, 2016

October 5, 2016

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our Junior School production of William Shakespeare’s -A Midsummer Night’s Dream- is only a couple of weeks away now. Under the direction of Ms. Marian Haddrick, the boys have been working very hard and it promises to be a fantastic production.

The production is being performed on Thursday October 20 and Friday October 21 at 7:30pm in the College Gardens. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for concession and can be purchased from the following links.

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To view the poster of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ please click on- this link

Please bring along a picnic chair or blanket to sit on during the performance as well as insect repellent.

Purton and Breach Oratories

On Thursday September 8, our major Public Speaking and Debating competitions were held in the Spring Board Room.

The afternoon commenced with the Mary Purcell debate held between the Year 8 and Year 9 debating teams with the year 8 team featuring Elijah Cross, Ethan Jungbauer and Max Wakefield winning the debate. Following on from this, the Br H.T. Breach Oratory was won by Max Wakefield and the Major Brian Broadribb Impromptu Speech award was won by Matthew Duffy.

Following a short break, the senior sections commenced with the W.T. Doyle debate which featured the Year 10 and Year 12 teams who have both made it through to the State Quarter Finals of the DAV Debating competition. The debate was won by the Year 12 team featuring James Parini, David O’Doherty and Liam O’Shea. After the conclusion of the debate, the Br D.G. Purton Oratory and Sir Hugh Devine Impromptu Speech competitions were held with David O’Doherty winning both sections. Congratulations to all of the boys who competed and to the winners of each competition.

I would also like to thank Old Collegians and past winners of the Purton Oratory Adam Spencer and David Adams for adjudicating these competitions.

Legacy Junior Public Speaking

On Tuesday September 13, Matthew Duffy competed in the Preliminary Final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition at the Bendigo Legacy Club. Matthew won the competition and has now progressed through to the State Finals to be held later this month. Congratulations Matthew.

DAV Debating

Congratulations to Liam O’Shea and Xavier O’Shea who have both been awarded Swannie Awards for Best Speaker in the Ballarat Region of the DAV Debating competitions in their respective divisions. Well done boys.

2017 Combined College Production

Auditions for our 2017 Combined College Production of -West Side Story- are being held next week. If you would still like to audition but have not yet booked a time, please come to the Music Office to collect an audition information pack.

West Side Story takes the story of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and transports it to modern-day New York City, as two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.