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drama Dale Wasserman, grew up in an orphanage and called himself ‘a self-educated hobo’ before he became a theatre director and writer. Kesey is said to have told Dale that but for the play, the novel would have been forgotten, and so ten years later the famous film was made. After auditions, Mrs Quinn attempted to match actors with characters based on our strengths, talents and commitment. Most roles such as Claudio Trovato (Year 11, 2011) as Randle McMurphy and Fabio Nicotra (Year 11, 2011) as Martini were meant to be and proved as such on the stage. Every Drama lesson and Sunday afternoons we met together as a cast and worked on the simple aspects like Max Baume, Claudio Trovato, Elliot Miller, Dom Scarf, Fabio Nicotra staging and line-learning, while also focusing on the more and Pat Lau. difficult aspects, such as character relationships and line delivery/timing. The rehearsals flew by as we were having 2011 Senior Drama Production 1 – so much fun working together to produce a fantastic show. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest play the most out of any I have been involved in, simplyI can honestly say I enjoyed the rehearsal period of this Tperforming in some fabulous shows over the years such uncovering new talents and developing characters with ourbecause it was so great to work within a familiar group.We all know each other’s ability and so had a great timehe boys of Year 11 have always been extremelyconfident in our technique and ability in drama, as The Rocky Horror Show, Time Flies, The Green Bird and mates. To Be or Not To Be. However, for our Class productions, our As we began drawing closer to opening night, all issues teachers chose plays that would take us out of our comfort that had previously concerned us were being resolved. zone and into more dramatic territory. Mrs Heidi Quinn By the time the curtain went up, so to speak, there was directed book turned play turned film One Flew Over The not one actor who wasn’t prepared. Not only literally Cuckoo’s Nest. prepared, but also prepared to give it their all, blowing the Many know of the book, the original, which later audience away with a show that will be talked about for years to come. In fact, on opening night, the boys delivered became a play and a film. However, not many are familiar such a great show that word spread and the Friday night with the play, and I believe this worked in our favour. performance was soon sold out! This was a tremendous Having an audience who were acquainted with the plot, achievement for not only the cast but also for Mrs Quinn. but in possession of faint memories of the characters, allowed us to explore our roles and attempt to portray them Claudio Trovato (Year 11, 2011) proved himself in a way that intrigued our viewers, while still sticking to the as a fantastic performer playing the protagonist Randle story line they know and love. McMurphy. He certainly showed his talents on stage as the lead role in our production. Ken Kesey, who was inspired to write the novel after working the night shift at a Veterans Hospital, heard the Maximillian Baume (Year 11, 2011) brought stories of the effects of psychoactive drugs. The playwright, unbelievable humour to his role as Charles Cheswick. Cheswick is a bubbly, high energy mental patient who was just begging for someone like Maximillian to bring him to life (and he did so brilliantly). Dominic Scarf (Year 11, 2011) literally stepped up to the challenge of playing the above six-foot Native American, Chief Bromden, bringing great truth to the role and an attitude to rehearsals that contributed greatly to our overall success. Matthew Cosgriff (Year 11, 2011) must also be mentioned as this was his first major production at the College to date. He played the mean but shy Aide Williams and arguably executed it better that anyone else could. Liam Carrigan (Year 11, 2011) was another top performer. Being new to the College, Liam entered with a bang, starring as both Aide Warren and Dr Spivey. Liam Claudio Trovato, Elliot Miller and Lucy Parsons. gave a wonderful rendition of both roles but praise must St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 61


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