Grease is the word

Late last term, fully-costumed cast members from Grease were outside the hall handing out pamphlets about the show.

Inside the Hall, Year 4 students were up on the stage, “helping” me set up for the final assembly. Well, they were supposed to be helping me, but actually they were too excited about Grease and were running around on the stage doing their own dance routines as they imagined being in the show.

The cast of performers from the show came into the Hall and I asked if they’d do an impromptu performance at the lectern. They smiled and ran up to the lectern, clicked their fingers and sang, We Go Together, with intricate harmonies, perfect diction and a sense of timing that only comes from a lot of rehearsal under the guidance of a great director and a great musical director. They were good! Really, really good! Year 4 joined in and danced around these high schoolers, and there was joy all around. I knew at that moment, that this show was going to be superb!

And here we are with two performances to go and rave reviews all round.

During the week, Head of Year 12 and Drama teacher Ned Manning wrote:  If you want to kick start Term 3 with a smile on your dial get along to GREASE! A fantastic example of all that is great about school musicals. Be there or be square. 

Grease has definitely been the word during this first week back and the campus has been buzzing with those songs that many of us grew up with. 

School musicals bring joy and change lives for the better and I’m thrilled that they are a now a permanent fixture on the IGS biennial calendar.

Last year when we announced that we were staging Grease in 2020, we said we’d transform the school hall into Rydell High 1959 and that’s exactly what we’ve done, thanks to a huge team effort by our dedicated directors, cast, crew and parents.

For many of us, Grease has always been a special musical and I can’t wait to see the show tonight.

Did you know that it takes around 400 hours to stage a major school musical?  We couldn’t do it without the talent, commitment and goodwill of those who put their hand up to do the lion’s share.

I want to thank and congratulate everyone involved, with a special word of gratitude to Director Peter Mussared (what a find!) and our very own Producer and Musical Director Nik Glass. Peter and Nik shared an ambitious vision for the show and due to their hard work and their high standards, they’ve created a splendid production. It’s been a superb collaboration.

I also want to thank and congratulate our brilliant cast and crew. I love the bonds that form through the months of a musical and the talent that emerges over the gruelling rehearsal period and during the season when the show becomes the ensemble’s own.

My hope is that our students will always remember the time that they were in or saw Grease at IGS.

There are still a few tickets available for Saturday night here, and I encourage you to come along if you haven’t already seen the show.

What a wonderful way to start what is a very exciting term for us all!

We are now just one week away from International Day. On Friday 2 August we’ll celebrate world languages in recognition of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages. We are looking forward to another joyful and thought-provoking day as we celebrate the essential role languages play in people’s daily lives, and in shaping and preserving culture.

In other news, we’re pressing ahead with our Master Plan projects this term, in keeping with our Strategic Plan Into the World 2016-2020.

Later in the term we begin construction on The Centre for the Dramatic Arts in the Wright Building. The Centre will feature a black box theatre, design studio and flexible playbuilding learning spaces.

We hope to open the Centre in Term 1 2020 as we continue to reimagine and redesign the IGS campus.

We have also just had development approval for The IGS Bibliothèque, with construction to begin on Picnic Day in early December and completion planned for the end of Semester 1 2020.

We wish Year 12 all the very best as they continue to prepare for their Trials this term and for their HSC examinations early next term. We are preparing a number of farewell events for the Leaving Class that will take place in the last week of term. This moment comes around so quickly each year and is a very special part of the school year.

I hope you and your children have a wonderful term.

Shauna Colnan