William Carey has a rich musical history and aims to perform a major musical production every second year. This is always an extremely busy, but hugely rewarding, experience for every person who is involved. In the past, these fantastic events have combined many different talents from within the school and have included students from Kindergarten through to Year Eleven.The musical is deliberately undertaken as a community building event for the whole school and so there are many opportunities to see students (and staff) in a new light.
The entire production is put together by members of our school community, which means that there is a large variety of roles for people to get involved in. The cast is made up entirely of students, however, staff and students both participate in other areas of production, including: sound, lighting, backstage crew, prop construction, costuming, make-up, front of house and, of course, the orchestra. Parents and carers also have the opportunity to work together during the show in order to help create a truly memorable atmosphere.
Our Musical History
The passion for musicals at William Carey started with a wonderful production of “Cool in the Furnace” in 1991. However, when “Smike” hit town in 1994, complete with a circus tent, the bar was raised and the stage was set for the following productions:
The Wizard of Oz (1996), Oliver (1998), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2001), South Pacific (2003), The Pirates of Penzance (2005), Honk (2007), Beauty and the Beast (2009), Peter Pan (2011), The Wizard of Oz (2013), Seussical (2015) and our most recent production, Mary Poppins (2017).
Seussical is a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000 and is an amalgamation of many of Seuss’ most famous stories. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Things 1 and 2 and a whole host of other characters take to the stage and draw the audience into the wonderful world of Seuss.
William Carey’s production of Seussical was nothing short of spectacular – with a cast and crew of about 250 people as well as fantastic sets, costumes and lighting. The production team, cast and crew were very excited and proud to share this wonderful show with the school community during seven performances in Term Three of 2015.
Congratulations and thanks go to our incredibly talented students, staff and families who contributed to the success of this show!