By Scott Robertson, Production Director
Congratulations to everyone involved on a great run of four sold out shows (plus a matinee) for the Secondary School production of Beauty & The Beast. Each show was an improvement on the last, garnering standing ovations at every performance. Over 970 people attended our 2.5 hour Broadway spectacular, performed by students from Year 6 – 12, to rave reviews. Thank you to all members of the St Mark's community who attended and/or provided support to the cast and crew. We really appreciate the support, and hope your family were entertained.
Special Director thanks go to the following staff members who assisted in bringing this musical to life. It was a huge task and it would have been impossible without all the contributors coming together as a team of champions.
Pamela Grubb (Musical Director) and Leah Guelfi (Voice Coach): these two stars were completely responsible for the great sound of every single musical item, and had their hands full with the orchestra and cast. We would not have had a musical without them! The orchestra comprised Meg Vincensoni, Lucy Hartnell, Jenny Rowland, David Goldfinch, Bill McAlister, Joanne Papafilis, Joshua Emslie-McCarthy, Cohen Lovell, Gabriella Ibrahim, Mikayla Ramsay, Leah Jones, Karam Thethy and Emily Jones.
Sean Hartley (Technical Manager & Lighting Design) did so much for the show but, most amazingly, sound mixed 15 mics every night, live. They don’t do that at schools! Sean was assisted by the student tech crew, comprising Mark Swan, Brent Rush, Natasha Mijat, Ella Upfold and Banjo Stapledon.
Carissa Tucker (Choreography): I loved the dances in this show (especially the tap!) and they’re all due to the magic of Carissa. She was also a wolf and cameo dancer.
Nathalie Vidot and Sarah Davies (Assistant Directors) kept me sane, made me laugh AND added magical movement to many scenes and moments. They always pitched in wherever we needed help, and they make great coffee.
Margaret Prouse (Costume Design): Just imagine being given the brief that I wanted a black, white and red colour palette and we were going for non-traditional costumes for the mechanicals. Margaret was ably assisted by parent Jacky Nel, along with Year 8 student Nadia Nel.
Kristy Raymond and Suzie Croke (Backstage Managers): Brilliant work backstage with costume fittings and herding our 62 member cast, plus helping out wherever and whenever needed.
David Bailey (Backstage Crew Coordinator): David was given a stage crew of Middle Schoolers (mostly Year 6 ) and with grace, patience, and deft wrangling, made them great. The crew included Jayden Willcocks, Siobhan Symonds, Jett Morrow, Alex Fazio, Tom Kennedy, Harrison Gazeley, Henry Thompson and Ryan Hawker.
Eloise Thomas (Makeup) led the Production Angels, guiding them through some challenging makeup briefs. Old Scholar Naomi Andrews (Class of 2017) was on hand to help out. The Production Angels include Naomi Andrews, Tallulah Allen, Molly Bean, Josie Bishop, Ashe Hammill, Ella Jackson-Pierce, Ruby Jansz, Leeselle Jones, Claire Scafidas, Talia Taylor, Maya Sharp, Megan Whitwam, Amy Schutze and Nina Whitwam.
Keith Love and Matt Angwin (Set Construction) – what a set! They constructed a clever, safe and secure set that was able to used in many different ways.
Julian Spada constructed Maurice's Machine - a fantastic piece of kit that really added to the show.
The productions Scenic Artists were Sam Knox and Old Scholar India Conway (Class of 2018).
Shirley McKibbin (Front of Stage Coordinator) organised the Front of House Team with military precision, ably aided by Sharon McCarthy, Natasha Robertson, Nathalie Vidot, Sarah Davies and Kellie Bailey. Year 12 students Chloe Marlow and Chelsea Longman were on hand as our very capable ushers.
Kate Howard (FOH Photographer & Program Design) and her Year 10 Photo Digital Design students did a spiffing job doing cast portraits and Year 10s Lucy Dawson and Matilda Starr designing the program. Formal photography was done by Old Scholar Leon Martin (Class of 2018)
Tammy Buchanan and the Home Ec Staff and students (Catering for Matinee): The Seniors raved about their feast and it really set the tone for our very first outing.
Parents were also involved in providing food for the hungry cast and crew during rehearsals, and we thank Alison Stuart, Hasnah Mattar, Vladimir Baranovschi, Judy Brook, Lisa Cooper, Jen Van Selm, Lawrie Kenny, Zoe Bradfield, Heather Watson, Debra Tasker, Anita Cunningham, Michele Upfold and Cass Cheeseman for keeping the 'hangries' at bay.
And of course, we have to thank our outstanding cast members: William Bradfield, Roxy Baranovschi, Mia Cheeseman, Bella Cooper, Stephanie Cunningham, Riley Daniel, Summer Elkin, Georgia Plant, Asha Pressley, Ruby Spath, Jackson Tasker, Natalie van Selm, Ashlyn Cole, Lily Doble, James Groocock, Philippa Kapp, Cushla Kennedy, Ella Jaggard, Priya McLeod, Angus Milne, Louise van Selm, Estella Brown, Annabel Cunningham, Aleasha Garner, Rebecca Harvie, Emily Hart, Zuleika Hazli-Aluwi, Ruby Starr, Daisy Wang, Ashton Bain, William Brook, Nicole Brown, Shae Clayfield, Martha Hues, Monique Lanham, Alexander Nichols, Isabella Nichols, Chloe McMillan, Elyssa Ward, Renee Wood-Gush, Josie Zhang, Asha Davey, Crestin Eva, Natasha Nichols, Sophia Manners, Poppy Marinovich, Daisy Taylor, Sarah Watson, Nina Whitwam, Chloe Upfold, Tayla Burton, Nick Davison, Lauren Hill, Patrick Kenny, Lauren Marsh, Madison McKinley, Hannah Moore, Charlie Stewart-Beard, Will Stuart, Luke Ackermans, Georgina Preston, Chloe Rowntree and Tiahna Ward.