Performing Arts

What a start to 2019!

The beginning of 2019 has been quite frantic with getting the choirs and ensembles up and running as well as timetabling individual 1:1 music lesson for 17 music tutors with over 240 students. I must thank our Performing Arts Administrator, Ali O’Connell, who has put in a massive effort to get the individual lessons organised as quickly as possible. It is a huge undertaking with many moving parts and huge complexities. Ali has done an incredible job and on behalf of Pulteney Grammar, I thank her.

Special thanks also to all the students who are members of the various bands, ensembles and choirs. This program involved hundreds of students with many students becoming members of different bands and choirs for the first time.

For those new to our Pulteney Community, if you have a child who is not in a band, choir or ensemble and you think they should be, please email me at: Jonathon.rice@pulteney.sa.edu.au

Also, if you have been thinking about your child learning an instrument or taking voice lessons, now is a great time to get this going for the year. If need guidance or information about how we offer instrumental and vocal lessons please see the school website then the community drop box, Music, Instrumental Music FAQ. If further information is required, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.

It would be a pleasure to seek out your child and see if we can get them into one of our musical groups this term.

Wicked!

The 2019 school production of Wicked – The Musical, is hard at work, having started rehearsing at the end of the school holidays. We have a very talented cast of 47 students and a highly capable production team all focussed on bringing their significant talents together for this huge show, and so far, everything is looking very good. Information regarding tickets will be released soon. Watch this space!

Guest Artists

On Friday night (15/2/18), the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour group attended a performance of Hallowed Ground, the story of Australian war medical doctors who served in WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Iraq, based on the book by PGS parent,  Dr Susan Neuhaus. On Monday the 18th the two drivers and half the cast of the show came to Pulteney to work with our current Yr 11 and 12 drama students and to take them through the process of book -to- script -to play -to performance. Helen Hopkins and Carolyn Bock were so generous with their time and knowledge and showed their passion for acting and the performing arts. I thank them both for being with us here at Pulteney and wish them well with their plans to tour the show in the future.

Music and Drama Leaders

As part of the student leadership process, held at the end of 2018, it is with great pleasure I inform you of the Senior Captains in Performing Arts are:

Co-Captains of Music – Paige Cowles and Nicholas Hassan

Co-Drama Captains – Lucy Johnson and Chelsea Goodes

I would also like to take this opportunity of congratulating the following students for accepting offers of leadership positions within the following ensembles. They are:

Stage Band 1 Leader - Jordan Cirocco

Concert Band - Hugh Radbone

Senior String Ensemble - Zach Nicholls

Senior Concert Choir - Lucy Johnson

Grammarphones - Scarlett Eldridge and James Anderson

Jazz on the Terrace - Jake Reedman

(Dance Captain TBC)

I know that all these student leaders will do wonderful things in supporting both the members of the various groups as well as their directors.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts