Lights, camera, action in new theatre!

The new IGS Commedia Playhouse came alive with the performance of Much Ado About Nothing in Week 5 of Term 1.

IGS Deputy Principal Students and Campus Life Mary Duma said the “brilliantly executed 400 year old early modern comedy displayed the talent of our young performers”.

She said the show reminded her of the core human values of love, trust, importance of family, respect, and the value of belonging to a community.

“I sat in awe of our students who masterfully used the language of Shakespeare to present the double standards in the expectations that are placed on women and the preconceptions or prejudice that still, today, plague our society,” Mary said.

“This play was a reminder about the basic human characteristics of generosity, listening, forgiveness and fidelity; human traits that we need to reaffirm in post COVID times.

“A big thank you to the wonderful students who persevered with the performance throughout 2020 and into 2021, under the masterful guidance of Damien Ryan. Congratulations to all involved.”

Director of Dramatic Arts Rita Morabito congratulated everyone involved.

“It has been an incredible journey of resilience, courage and joy. Planning, casting and rehearsals began in a pre-pandemic world. Rehearsals were put on hold many times in 2020. Throughout the process, our students had the privilege of working with the director Damien Ryan, who brought his immense expertise, integrity and passion for Shakespeare into their lives,” she said.

“The actors from Years 9 to 12 performed with confidence that can only come from understanding the play and the characters’ desires. Thank you to our Year 11 lighting and sound crew. Thank you to all who assisted with the show.

“This production is the first to be staged in our newly refurbished theatre, which will be known as the Commedia Playhouse.

“Shakespeare was inspired by Commedia dell’Arte, which Damien Ryan captured so beautifully through his direction. It has been wonderful to begin the year with live theatre and Much Ado About Nothing,” Rita said.

“We are very proud of this outstanding acting ensemble. Congratulations!”