Students bask in the “aftershock” of a great performance

DOMINIC College’s Oratory Space rippled with “Aftershocks” recently when its senior drama students performed their rendition of the documentary play.

Twenty-eight performers joined together to share the experience of the people at the Newcastle Worker’s Club in Newcastle, New South Wales, which was destroyed in 1989 by an earthquake.

The play explored the aftershocks that resonated in the community.

Dominic College director of creative arts K-10, Mike O’Brien, said the production featured two casts, which deserved admiration for their efforts.

“Multiple role playing and minimal theatrical decoration demanded a high level of commitment and an equally demanding level of performance,” he said.

“It was gratifying to see all our students extending themselves with such tough material and so successfully stepping into the shoes of those people who experienced this devastating event.”

Year 10 cast member Molly Woolley said the production was a success for all involved.

Molly said it allowed students to explore a different dramatic form and extend their abilities and skills.

“Our performers received some impressive feedback after each show,” she said.

“Both casts did an amazing job in undertaking such serious and challenging roles – each individual really stepped into their characters and brought the stories of those affected to life in a touching way, as well as shed some light with charismatic humour along the way.”

Molly said each performer had a different skill-set, helping everything to “come together” to create a “great performance.”

“On behalf of the cast, we want to thank everyone involved in making the production such a big success, especially all the support from parents, family, friends, staff, students, the wider Dominic community and Mr O’Brien,” she said.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the school’s 2016 creative arts program was “outstanding”, and involved a range of new opportunities.

These included intensive dance workshops from kindergarten to year two and the first-time entrance of year eight students in the Southern Tasmanian Dance Eisteddfod.

“Aftershocks was a very mature production for our students to take on and they stepped up to the challenge,” Ms Gilligan said.

“We are looking forward to our Creative Arts Festival in September, which will be held during a week-long period in the Salamanca Arts Precinct.”

The biennial Creative Arts Festival will feature drama, music, dance and an art exhibition.

Caption: Dominic College’s drama students in the Newcastle earthquake play, ‘Aftershocks’.

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