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The Comedy Team Tadaptation of Days of Significance. This very loose movesMuch Ado About Nothinghe 2012 Comedy Team production this year wasRoy Williams’ between modern-day England and the battlefield of Iraq. Like Shakespeare’s original, we witness the conflict after the soldiers return from battle. This version, however, begins on the eve of two new recruits' departure for Basra and then traces the damage that war causes, both for those who fight abroad and for those they leave behind. Directed by Miss Melinda Pedavoli, the cast teased out the passion and political anger of the play which, among other things, tackles the poisoned state of society and the tension between military practices and societal values. Before our first rehearsal (a full read through of the script) had even finished, we were gripped by the play and ready to take on the powerful themes it explores. James Mullen and Felix Lush. The challenging nature of the play came from its gritty realism and highly energised comedy – a challenge that a little bit mad. This man is Narrator One, played skilfully was doubled by the play's need for a large cast and East by Felix Lush (SAC Award for Middle School Acting 2011), London accents. However, as usual, we pulled through the who calmly set the scene for each production before the gruelling rehearsal process, often deprived of food and mayhem ensued. sleep, until we had learnt our lines. Before long everything Some of the highlights of Brothers Grimm included James came together for an exclusive preview performance in front Mullan breaking a chair by sitting on it during opening night of our Year 12 peers, made all the more memorable by and Patrick Jenkins (Year 10) emerging from the wings, some ad lib comedic dialogue. floundering on the ground in a glittering morph suit. Another On opening night we were able to top our preview golden moment, which I will always remember, included performance with higher energy and a more nuanced show an argument between Thomas Lawson (who performed a (despite being upstaged by an attention seeking set) and perfect Prince Charming) and myself (as Cinderella) during then a final performance where the message of Williams' a rehearsal. The creative dispute revolved around how play resonated strongly within its final audience. A huge the Prince could be dragged off stage as painlessly as thank you to all those who came to support us – the show possible and this resulted in throngs of laughter from our was a sell out on all three nights! directors. Unfortunately, the scene did not make it into the For those of you who weren't able to attend, no amount final performance, as it was simply impossible to replicate, of words can adequately describe the incredible talent of but it certainly gave kudos to the excitement of the rehearsal this team of performers; here is just a brief overview. Elliott process. Miller (Year 12) gave an amazing performance as Jamie, Some outstanding performances must be credited to Justin Mowbray and Edward Halliday who played the ugliest of stepsisters, and to Daniel Verschuer who spilled his dark childhood on stage in a moment of poetic insanity. And lastly, Timothy O’Brien, whose passionate portrayal of his symbolic role as "The Birds”, brought a single tear to every eye that witnessed its beauty. For our directors, Mrs Heidi Quinn and Miss Melinda Pedavoli, this production was a true display of their skill, experience and patience, as both Directors and Teachers. For this we, as a cast, cannot thank them enough for the time and effort that went into every second of this performance. Of course, the production could not have gone ahead without the innovative set and contribution of Major Clancy, Dominic Scarf (Stage Manager) and the entire stage crew team to whom we all extend our sincerest thanks. Hugh Logan (Year 10, 2011) Elliot Miller, Mason Davies and Claudio Trovato. St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 65


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