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Pelican : June 2009
‘The Eddie’s Conspiracy’. Play it again, Sam On Sunday 1 March, the members of the Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands of St Edmund’s and St Clare’s combined to perform for the Smith Family’s Open House at Government House. This was the first time we’ve been invited along to such a prestigious venue and to this vital community event. The weather on that day was spectacular and the band looked splendid as a mass of royal blue and maroon with a splash of silver and brass just inside the front gate. Our role on the day was to provide light entertainment and establish a carnival mood for the very large crowd as they gathered at the gate to pay the admission fee. The repertoire needed to be bright and breezy, so the hour-long program included ’The Raiders March’, ’Mancini Magic’, ’Rum-Bah’, ’I Still Call Australia Home’ and a Billy Joel number, among others. As usual, the students were superb, a real credit to their schools. They played with flair and accuracy, conducted themselves with dignity and aplomb and – most importantly – had a really great time. The band performed again at the Australian Catholic University Graduation Ceremony on 31 March, this time in the Great Hall at Parliament House. Representing their colleges in school uniforms, the students performed a ceremonial march as the academic procession entered, followed by the national anthem, and then some light entertaining music at the conclusion. Once again, this was a very impressive performance, and those members of our staff who were graduating must have been proud. It’s interesting for the students to see their teachers graduating, realising that those people who are teaching them are also students who complete courses and are continually improving their qualifications. Greg Stenning Director of Music Performance It’s a conspiracy The 2009 year has brought many changes to the College so far, including a new Principal, newly refurbished art rooms and some new computers for the Music Faculty. So, in keeping with this wave of change, we thought the tradition of the musical show that we’ve established at the College over the last four years might need a bit of a change as well. As a result, the Drama, Music and Dance Faculty came up with the idea of a cabaret performance. This sounded like a great idea but we really needed a theme for all the items to link together. After a great deal of thought, discussion and sitting around drinking cups of coffee, Greg Stenning and I came up with the idea of the theme being based around the spy genre. And so the ‘Eddies Conspiracy’ was born. The intention for the cabaret was that the majority of the work would be student-based and form part of their assessment, as well as contribute to their co-curricular activities. The Drama classes from Year 9 through to Year 12 were all involved in the musical, and the story they chose to tell was of a secret organisation called the ’Agents of Eddies’. The Year 8 and 9 Dance class performed pieces based around a spy school and spying on other Dance groups for a dance competition. The dancers were superbly led by Miss Lisa Dempsey. The performance night was impeccably compered by our College Captain, James Fitzpatrick, and Vice Captain Oliver Mahony. Their dry wit and cool manner guided the audience effortlessly through the night’s events. L to R: Drama students, Jordan De Mamiel, Tim Meddemen, Ben Muller and Dayne Garani, in ‘The Eddie’s Conspiracy’. The Year 11 and 12 Music class had to compose a piece of music that would be played over a short video presentation to start the evening. After much deliberation, a piece written by Sam Raimi was chosen, as it perfectly created the atmosphere of the spy film. We were once again very fortunate to have the involvement of students from St Clare’s, as well as solo performances from an ex-St Eddies/St Clare’s musical veteran, Kait Ludwig, and our very own Canberra Area Theatre awards nominee, Reinhold Kamilo. The ‘Eddies Conspiracy’ was yet another hugely successful production that the College can be proud to have produced. Nigel Palfreman Head of the Drama/Dance Faculty 12