The Ruyton Reporter - Spring 2014 - page 13

spring 2014
Sweet Charity
At the start of Term 3 audiences were delighted once again to see Ruyton and Trinity
combine forces to produce another fantastic musical. This year the musical was the
Sweet Charity
. The production was performed in Xavier’s Eldon Hogan
Performing Arts Centre, with over 105 students to participate in both on and off stage
roles. This particular production was a superb demonstration of the amazing talent we
have within our Schools. All of the singing, dancing, music, backstage management and
acting were expertly performed and demonstrated by the cast, crew and orchestra to
fully engage the audience and take them into the world of the musical. The roles in this
show pushed the actors to their limits, being three-dimensional, diverse and contrasting
characters who ranged from the somewhat innocent and optimistic Charity (Sophie
Kleiman), with her feisty disenchanted work friends Nicki and Helene (Alice Pryor and
Schrader McLeay) to the overly dramatic Vidal and Ursula (Connor Neylon and Jennifer
Tarry-Smith). This production also reinforced the importance of a strong and active
sense of community at Ruyton. The ongoing support from Friends of Ruyton Drama
Association (FORDA) and Friends of Ruyton Music Association (FORMA), parents, past
students and staff was crucial to the success of this musical. Our thanks go to parents
Rosemary Willis and Wendy Schrader for their continuous support and to Mrs Christine
Lucas-Pannam , Co-ordinator of Drama, for her mentoring, casting and editing of the
script. The show boasted an excellent production teammade up of Ruyton staff;
Mrs Janine Power (Producer), Mr Paul Smith and Mrs Elizabeth O’Hanlon (Musical
Directors) and Mr Shaun Jones (Accompanist).
Mr Alexander Goldsworthy,
‘Being in Year 12 meant that Sweet Charity was my last show at Ruyton. And what better
way of participating in my last musical, than to have spent it with some incredibly
talented actors, dancers and musicians? The week of holiday rehearsals was extremely
intense, but the hard work paid off as we produced four very successful shows. I am so
grateful for all the opportunities I have been offered within the drama and music
programmes at Ruyton and Trinity.’
Olivia Weatherson,
Year 12
‘Sweet Charity provided me with a fantastic opportunity to explore all sides of musical
theatre – with singing and dancing numbers, as well as challenging scenes all helping me
to develop as a performer. At the same time, being part of this production allowed me to
work with some wonderfully talented people and make some unforgettable memories.’
Sophie Kleiman,
Year 11
‘Participating in the Ruyton/Trinity musical this year was an experience I found to be
extremely rewarding. Not only was it amazing to be part of such a great production, but
also it was an incredible opportunity to bond with a community of people as passionately
interested in musicals and the theatre as you are.’
Alice Pryor,
Year 10
Photos from both these productions can be found at
and we are grateful to Mr Philip Robertson for his assistance.
Earlier in the year Ruyton joined forces with Trinity Grammar School to stage Mary
Zimmerman’s award-winning work
. I think key criteria to consider
in the selection of a Senior School play is a representation of diverse forms and
styles for student experience, imagination and immersion. Mary Zimmerman’s
ticked all of these boxes. This play recounts myths of gods and
mortals and combines classical acting with a tongue-in-cheek awareness of
modernity. One of its most daring and intriguing aspects was the use of water on
the stage, as the actors jumped in and out of the pool. Within the unusual confines
of a theatre, this felt almost scandalous and caused us to suspend our disbelief.
Good actors are changed by the roles they inhabit. It takes time, courage and
discipline for an actor to morph into a character. For an actor’s performance to
feel genuine and ‘truthful’, a transformation has to take place. This concept might
seem too ambitious for Senior School students, but I believe that this goal is
achievable. Both the actors and the technical crew faced challenges during the
production period and I was extremely proud of the way they dealt with any
problems which confronted them. The cast was required to master the classical
gestures of Greek Theatre, Zimmerman’s sophisticated dialogue, and they were
also trained in Butoh Dance techniques, which can be quite painful. There were
many powerful, moving and humourous performances and I congratulate the
entire cast on this magnificent production. They were ably supported by an
enthusiastic and hard-working Production Team.
Mr Mark Lauber,
Director of Drama, Trinity Grammar School
Ruyton and Trinity Grammar Schools have a long-standing
reputation for collaboration in many spheres and none
more so than in their joint musical performances. It is
pleasing to see that, under the stewardship of the new
Trinity Grammar School Headmaster, Dr Michael Davies,
this collaboration continues.
What a Performance!
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