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drama (cont'd) Year 10 Production - The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon "The Brothers Grimm, were two brothers named Grimm..." Ajustice to these timeless fairy tales in a way that onlyThe attempted to serves put so brilliantly by our second narrator,Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon our 2011 Year 10 cohort of highly refined and eloquent actors know how: through the delicate art of 'in-your-face, no shame' comedy. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, set somewhere between ‘once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’, bridges the gap between some of the most cherished and beloved fairy tales by turning them on their head and inside out! The result: a performance so intricately convoluted that three months later I am still having epiphanies regarding another link in the master web of plots. Timothy O'Brien, Zachary Martorana and Paddy Jenkins. The production begins, as all good fairy tales do, with a girl. She makes deals of wealth, love and fertility with "What if I did it like this?" or "How about we add this?” In three evil entities, but for a steep price. Her first born, this way we made the script our own, giving it a distinctive incidentally named Rapunzel, is negligently promised to feel. The improvisational aspect to this performance was all three. One of these evil entities is The Enchantress welcomed by every boy involved and carried right through (enchantingly performed by Max Sturt (Year 10), who to opening night, with a last minute ‘Flashdance’ tribute triumphs over Rumplestiltskin and the Devil before locking thrown in for good measure. Rapunzel in a tower. Why? She asks the narrators this very question and with words of wisdom they reply, "Because However, the moment when this production became she felt like it." following this Rapunzel falls in love with a reality for me, is when the costumes arrived. There's a prince, and that is the end ... seriously. From here the something about seeing Alexander Foldi (Year 10, 2011) in play works its way backwards towards the beginning of a German maid outfit or Robert Hogan and Harris Elderton the story. Bet you didn't think that Rapunzel could possibly (Year 10, 2011) in Crab People costumes that is quite be related to Cinderella, Little Red, Snow White or even unprecedented, not just at the College, but to anything you The Devil, but through the tireless works of our cast and have seen in your life. wonderful directors Mrs Heidi Quinn and Miss Melinda In my opinion, singling out the hardest part of this Pedavoli this ‘pop-up picture book’ style production was production is impossible: the challenges began with the brought to life. dialogue and extended to the staging, costumes, lighting, From the word go this performance was going to characterisation, set design, props, and endless hours of involve a whole lot of improvisation, as made clear by rehearsing. But what emerged from this pile of anarchy was the audition process. A large group of Year 10 students a highly entertaining and engaging performance, which wriggling, dancing, limping and leap-frogging around a was enjoyed by all, on and off the stage. room to harness the most dynamic of personas became Imagine a man so hellishly bent upon delivering a a fairly good indication of what the final performance cultured, refined performance that he himself becomes just would hold. From the boys who auditioned, most were given a role, as this production supported such a large number of actors. Some casting choices were clear from the beginning - who could overlook James Mullan (Year 10, 2011) as the injury prone “Narrator Two” or Connor Wakefield's (Year 10, 2011) eerily convincing German accent for “Hansel”, not to mention Zach Martorana's (Year 10, 2011) undeniable suitability for “Little Red”. Indeed, most actors played multiple parts or female characters further adding to the comedic quality of the script. After being given the holiday break to learn lines and develop the already eccentric characters into excessively warped versions of the original, we were ready to begin rehearsing. As for the process, it was impossible to rehearse fifteen minutes of The Brothers Grimm without someone saying: Robert Hogan and Harry Elderton. St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 64


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