There has been a hive of activity at Dubbo College during the past two terms with students and staff working towards the premiere of their musical “Man of Steel” on June 27.
Members of the cast and band today officially launched the musical, which represents the first school-based production to play at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.
More than 125 students and staff members from all campuses of Dubbo College are involved in the production, with 44 in the cast and 20 in the band.
“Man of Steel” director Michelle O’Callaghan said the production was generating great excitement throughout the College.
“As well as the cast and band, we have a crew of 15, a props team of 25, a costuming team of 10 and a production team of 12 staff,” she said.
“We auditioned for roles in the final term of 2017 and commenced rehearsals immediately so our team of students and staff have been working hard on this production for some time.
“Our aim is to produce a quality professional musical and as far as I’m aware this will be the first school musical to play at the Dubbo Regional Theatre.”
Tickets for the production, which will be performed on June 27 and 28, are already on sale at the DRTCC box office and website.
Ms O’Callaghan said Man of Steel parodied the comic book super hero Superman.
“Man of Steel is considered to be Australia’s most popular school musical and tells the story of the super hero and heroine, and their entertaining battle with the evil Countess Olga and her Henchmen,” she said.
“This musical represents a first for Dubbo College because we have never before staged a whole school musical involving students and staff from every campus.
“We have been holding costume sewing bees with assistance from staff, parents and students, as well as set design and construction workshops.”
Year 11 student David Woods won the role of Superman, while Year 12 student Phoebe Farrell will take on the role of heroine Linda Street and Year 10 student Maeve Sparrow will play the villainous Countess Olga.
For the Man of Steel, David Woods, the musical represents an amazing opportunity.
“It’s funny, there’s lots of jokes and it’s fast moving and quirky,” he said.
“I’ve been involved in musical productions previously but this is really the biggest role I have ever taken on.”
Superman’s partner in life is Linda Street, played by Phoebe Farrell, who has been heavily involved in circus production with Circus West at Dubbo College.
“Linda Street is feisty and strong-willed and I love playing the role,” she said.
“I really want to go to NICA (the National Institute of Circus Arts) when I finish school at the end of 2018 and I believe taking this major role in the musical will really help me to develop performance skills that will be really useful.”
For Maeve Sparrow, being able to play the villain Countess Olga is a dream come true.
“It is a fantastic opportunity and it will enable me to use all my skills including singing, dancing and acting,” she said.
Tickets for this fabulous night of entertainment are now on sale at the DRTCC box office or online.
Source: Dubbo College