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For the past five years, I have had the privilege of directing the school production at Footscray City College. As each year passes, we have become more ambitious, more creative and more professional and I couldn’t be prouder of the productions we now create. With a production team of supportive staff, fantastic parents and eager students, this year we gave wings to “Bye Bye Birdie”, a fun Rock’n’Roll musical that was very close to my heart.
For the third year in a row, we enjoyed a sold-out season, which is a testament to the talent of our students. The students worked so hard on this production, giving up hours of time after school, on weekends and on school holidays and I couldn’t have been prouder of their commitment to the production. Of course, this could not have been possible without the support of our parents. Thank you for all your support and assistance over the past few months. We are so blessed to be part of such a supportive school community.
I would also like to extend a thank you to our staff, who have dealt with constant interruptions, exhausted students and numerous requests for work extensions. Thank you for being so flexible and supporting our students during this process.
This year’s production included over 80 students. Due to the massive increase in student involvement over the past few years, in 2017 we will be producing a senior (August 2017) and junior production (December 2017), which we are very excited about!
This years cast, crew and stage band!
Abigail Liptrot-Spillane, Alexander Wagstaff, Andrew Price, Angela Velasquez, Ash Trusler, Audrey Page, Belle Clerehan, Britt Botheras, Claire Welch, Darcy Altschwager, Darcy Smith, Eliza Lucid, Esther Younge, Faye Velasquez, Hazel Pigrum, Inge Gevers, Jada Kyle, Jamie Brown, Jasmine Nolan-James, Jasmine Robins, Jasmine Russell, Jack Pardy, James Madsen-Smith, Jay Curtis, Jennifer Nguyen, Kristine Murray-Xenidis, Lainey Drake, Lilu Lacey-Meyers, Ludomyr Kemp-Mykyta, Maddy Hardie, Maxine Palmerson, Mia Anne Brittain, Mieka Torrens, Molly Roberts, Monica Reason, Nadia Harley, Nafiza Agan, Naimo Agan, Nawal Agan, Olivia Hector, Oscar Langford, Petra Hansby, Quincy Davis, Rosa Deverell, Rosy Jones, Samira Reason, Shaun Coupe, Spencer Davis, Tokaya Saunders, Yana Lazaridis
Toby Thomas, Darcy Lucid, Alice Hazeldine, Angus Ingram, Ben Booker, Chloe Hildebrand, Edie Beattie, Eliza Lucid, Emma Pook, Ella Taylor, Holly Golz, Isaac Castellano, Jessie Hazledine-Onno, Joel Verth, Leo Reid, Lewis Perso, Maia Persall, Madi Peake, Max Taylor, Roma Bond, Ruby Hennessy, Russia Anne Williams Newman, Sybilla McKeich, Thea Bosco
Archie Beattie, Cassidy Cox, Euan Burke, Hunter Craggs, Liam Hazledine-Onno, Martin Harris, Max Hazeldine, Michael Davis, Nick Dulfer. Reuben Cumming
And our amazing staff
Emma Schmidt, Margaret Erickson, Jocelyn Jensen, Mark Gusman, Marc Matthews, Paul Dooley, David Borg and Rodney Hales
Special thanks to:
Kevin Drake, Simon Bainbridge, Amy Macpherson, David Marsh, Clare Madsen, Steven Smith, Stephanie Van Den Hoff (staff), Cheyenne Coad (past student), Madeleine Kerr (past student), Rory Hynan (past student), Adrienne Chisholm, Antoinette Halloran, Ben Giraud, the lovely FCC office staff, Maria Bawden, Robert McLeod, Annette Dulfer, Parents and Friends of Footscray City College, Grant and Atsuko Miles, Jacki Storey, Squid Ink Designs, students of the Specialist Makeup Services course at Victoria University, JS Stevens Real Estate and all the students and parents who helped out in any way!
Emily Unt Wan, “Bye Bye Birdie” Director
This year myself and 46 others were fortunate enough to take part in the 2016 school production of “Bye Bye Birdie”, a musical comedy about a pop star drafted into the army. I took on the role of Albert Peterson, his manager, an overwrought thirty something who has given up his dream of becoming an english teacher in order to try and make some money in the music industry, much to the frustration and disappointment of his secretary and love interest, Rose. This was my fifth musical at the school, and once again I was blown away by the talent and professionalism of the entire ensemble, as well as the overwhelming support from the school community and general public over the course of the season. We sold out every show across the weekend, a testament to the hard work of the whole cast in promoting it, as well as the reputation the school has deservedly garnered for mounting high energy, high quality performances. I cannot give enough credit to our incredible director, Emily Unt Wan, who once again put in countless hours to make the production the incredible success it was.
“Bye Bye Birdie” embodied all that is wonderful about the arts. The Footscray City College theatre has become a truly special and unique place, and one that serves to remind us all of the importance of strong arts programs in public schools: providing the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre to everyone, with no exceptions.
James Madsen-Smith, Year 11
Before moving to FCC this year, I only had the privilege of watching the amazing school productions from the stalls and from the first minute of my first day here, I’ve wanted to be a part of the magic. Being a part of “Bye Bye Birdie” has helped me form so many friendships and given me the opportunity to find a little family here at FCC, including the family that I actually got to have on stage. All in all, I’m so grateful to have been part of a show filled with so much talent, joy and amazing experiences.
Mia Anne Brittain, Year 10