With the school year drawing to a close, many Sydney Catholic schools have decided to celebrate with elaborate musical performances that draw on their students’ many talents.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School Strathfield adapted the story of biblical story of Jonah into an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular called Jonah, a Fishy Tail that gave every years 5 and 6 child a major role in the script.
Principal Mark McKeown praised the system resources that allowed the performance to happen, including support from CaSPA and the performance space available at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood.
I am sure I was not the only person with a tear in my eye
He said the show was about more than showcasing students’ creative skills, and also built their confidence and sense of community.
“Throughout the development of this production they have demonstrated collaboration, cooperative problem solving and group decision making skills. Their support for each other on the night was very obvious,” he said.
“I am sure I was not the only person with a tear in my eye at some of the brave stage presence shown by some of these young actors.”
Children from Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School Balmain/Rozelle (FJT) sang and danced their way through Singin’ in the Rain Junior at the Enmore Theatre in a performance that built on existing performing arts programs and included every child in the school.
Year 6 teacher and the musical’s director, Mrs Sue Griffiths, said the school has been producing whole-school productions for the last two decades.
“Each year, we build on that longevity, drawing on the knowledge and spirit gained over the years,” she said.
“We are now self reliant and do the pre-production recording and in-house preparation and filming within our FJT studio.”