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Rehearsals are in full swing with our energetic and enthusiastic cast, on stage, behind the scenes and in our stage band and I have no reservations that this will be one of our best shows to date. At Footscray City College we pride ourselves on producing high quality, polished productions, and this year’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” is proving to be no exception. As we enter the final weeks of Term 2, opening night looms ever closer. Following the success of “Sweeney Todd – School Edition” in 2015 (which was very close to a complete season sell out) and “The Addams Family Musical” in 2014 (which completely sold out several weeks before opening night) I encourage you to buy your tickets early to avoid missing out! Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks.
“Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Albert Peterson, his agent, is worried that losing Conrad will mean the end of his company. But Albert’s faithful secretary (and long suffering girlfriend), Rose Alvarez, concocts one final national publicity stunt before Conrad’s induction that will set them up for life. Conrad will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with an all-American kiss on live television. When Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins the honour the whole town is turned upside down. Add in Kim’s sweet but pathetic boyfriend Hugo, Albert’s lead-footed, catastrophe-ridden mother Mae, and a range of other colourful characters and anything could happen. But will Conrad leave on that train to the army, or will his wild night out with the local teens be his final escape from a life of service? And will Albert finally settle down with Rosie before she leaves him once and for all? With songs like ‘Put on a Happy Face’ and ‘One Last Kiss’, join us and sing along with this classic rock and roll musical.
Tickets on sale soon!
Preview Performances (half-price dress rehearsal) – Thursday 28th (7pm) & Friday 29th June (7pm)
Opening Night Gala – Thursday 4th August (Nibbles from 5.30pm, show at 7.30pm)
Performances – Friday 5th (7pm) , Saturday 6th August (2pm and 7pm)
Emily Unt Wan – Director
Over the past few months the Year 10 drama crew have been slaving away at a new take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Join us in the last week of Term 2 (stay tuned for dates), in the streets of New York (the FCC theatre), and take in the cold harsh air. Betrayal (uncouth!), murder (most foul!) and a man torn between two worlds, we’re proud to present “Hamlet 1929”.
Jay C – Year 10
The Year 7 Drama classes have been working on some truly gruesome work this term. Along with designing and applying horror makeup, they have been rehearsing a short horror-comedy titled “The Case of the Hidden Head”. Both 7G and 7I will be performing their plays in the last two weeks of term and they should prove to be a lot of fun to watch. Congratulations to both classes for throwing themselves head first into the Drama program here at FCC. Who knows, we may have just discovered our next big star!
Emily Unt Wan and Emma Schmidt, Drama and Theatre coordinators