The Performing Arts Centre will be buzzing next Thursday (21 March) as it sees the College’s “Artist Series”, commencement of rehearsals for the Senior Play and the Annual Scholars Concert.

Scotch Oakburn College’s “The Artist Series” provides musicians with the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest teachers and performers.  In 2019 The Artist Series sees Spike Mason a multi-instrumentalist, jazz performer, composer and educator present workshops, masterclasses and individual lessons.  Spike Mason is a highly experienced and sought-after performer and teacher.  Until recently he was Head of Jazz at The Scots College (Sydney).  This is a FREE event open to Scotch Oakburn students and students from the wider Launceston community.  More information and the application form can be found here: https://thedash.soc.tas.edu.au/send.php?id=143389.  Limited places are still available for all sessions.

The 2019 Senior Play is AWAY by Australian playwright Michael Gow.   The play tells the story of three internally conflicted families holidaying on the coast for Christmas, 1968. Each of the three families hopes that the holiday will resolve the crisis that they face.  Senior Drama Teacher, Mrs Kathryn Gray, will direct the play with technical support provided by Ms Katie Hill.  After several weeks of auditions, the cast for the play was announced this week.

Tom – Mason Bennett
Meg – Josie Penn
Harry – Harrison Andersen
Vic – Jordan Hodges
Gwen – Caitlyn Cutler
Jim – Jack Oates Pryor
Roy – Dean Power
Coral – Johanna Cameron
Leonie – Maddison Bell
Rose (Rick) – Madeline Bell
Miss Latrobe – Meg Crocker
Lead MC – Lilly Reeve
Musical MC – Zoe Sherriff
Lead Camper 1 – Annie Gulliver
Camper 2 – Georgia Leslie
Camper 3 – Imogen Duigan
Camper 4 – Millie Duigan
Camper 5 – Jordan May Shephard
Camper 6 – Shanelle Elliot

Ensemble
Kate McShane, Jess Donohue, Lily Cleeland, Tamika McHenry,  Hannah Seymour, Charlotte Fontyn, Montanna Lawes, Bethany Hirst, Ruby Tiller and Emma Hardwick

The cast has their first full read through Thursday after school as they prepare for the show which runs 4- 6 September.

The final event for Thursday is the Annual Performing Scholars’ Concert commencing at 6.00 pm.  The Scholars’ Concert promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining concert featuring Dance, Drama and Music scholarship holders.  I invite you to come along and support our scholarship holders and enjoy some great entertainment.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts