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Pelican : June 2010
9 Bill Sykes (Elie Maatouk) and Fagin (Geordie Irwin) discuss the night’s takings. Combined Band members on steps of St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart. Overwhelming Response to Oliver! On May 6th, 7th and 8th May St Edmund’s College, together with girls from St Clare’s College, performed the musical Oliver! After 11 weeks of intensive rehearsal the cast and crew were ready for what we hoped would be another successful production. After each performance the response from parents, teachers and all who watched the show was overwhelmingly positive. It is these comments along with seeing students from both colleges working together that make the process of putting on a school musical worthwhile. I have been particularly pleased this year that we have been able to include the Middle School choir (‘The Singing Blues’) as well as the Year 8 and 9 Dance classes from St Edmund’s and the Year 10 Dance class from St Clare’s. I have always been proud of the fact that the musicals we produce here are inclusive, no-one is ever turned away – if you want to be a part of the musical in whatever capacity the opportunity is there for you to take. This year we have had over 100 students take part from being in band, onstage singing dancing and acting, to being in the stage crew and helping out with the sound and lighting. It is a testament to the Performing Arts Faculty and to those students who take part that we are able to work so closely together and in such a short amount of time to produce such a fantastic show. I would fnally like to thank 3 students in particular for their support of the musicals at Eddie’s while I have been here. Elie Maatouk, Tim McInerny and Alison Ludwig have participated in every musical that has been staged here starting with Grease (2006), The Wiz (2007), Bugsy Malone (2008), The Eddie’s Conspiracy (2009) and fnishing with an all time classic of Oliver! in 2010. Thank you Elie, Tim, Alison and everyone involved in these ventures and for your support of the Performing Arts at St Edmund’s College it has and is greatly appreciated. Nigel Palfreman Head of Dance/Drama Combined Concert Band’s Whirlwind Tour of Tasmania It all began on a surprisingly warm autumn Saturday morning in Canberra on the 17th of April. Forty-six students from the St Edmund’s and St Clare’s Combined Concert Band and their accompanying adults and teachers, plus equipment were being pooled at Canberra Airport. Our frst destination was Melbourne; everyone was excited as it was the frst time the Band had been on such a trip together! We touched down around midday and headed off to our hostel near the Queen Victoria Markets; everyone was quite chuffed about that fact. After we settled in we had a whole afternoon to burn exploring our little slice of Melbourne. That night we went to the musical Fame after dining at a place called the Spaghetti Tree. On Sunday morning we went to Mass and the Church had a real pipe organ which was exciting. The rest of the morning was spent at Queen Victoria Markets and then it was off to the airport to catch our plane to Launceston. The Tasmanian countryside is something special and we were all impressed. This was the frst time we met Kim, our coach-driver and tour-guide - any man who has his own theme song was cool in our books. That night we met our billet families from St Patrick’s Concert Band who we had met 2 years ago on their tour of Canberra and surrounding regions. On Monday we took part in workshops with the St Patrick’s Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands and that night we played a concert for our billet families. The next day (Tuesday) began very early. We had to get to Hobart before dark and also visit Port Arthur, which boasts the oldest church and bridge in Australia. Port Arthur was very interesting and a little creepy. We arrived in Hobart just after dark and soon settled into our hostel where we held a night of trivia and challenges led by the Band Captains, Jack Blackmore and Rose Evans. On Wednesday we had our second and fnal show of the tour, a performance at St Virgil’s Hobart. We spent the afternoon exploring the docks of Hobart and that night we had dinner at La Porchetta and then we were off to see a flm. Thursday, our fnal day in Tasmania, was spent getting our gear together and thanking the teachers and parents for taking care of us. We also made a special thanks to our tour-guide, Kim. Then it was off to the airport for our trip back to the mainland and home. It was a brilliant tour and hopefully the frst of many! A special thanks to: Mr Stenning, Dr Widmer and Ms Gibbs of St Edmund’s College, Lucy Woodley of Girls Grammar, Mr Chaston and Mrs Steel of St Clare’s College and fnally to the parents, Mr and Mrs Schmöcker and Mrs Norman and Gerry Foster. Jack Blackmore Year 12