Alia College School Productions
List of Productions 1999 - 2012
1999 - Bugsy Malone.
2000 - Set of short plays with a moral or social aspect about being a teenager.
2001 - Grease.
2002 - Wizard [of Oz]
2004 - Once on This Island [see below]
2006 - Rock 'n' Roll High School
2007 - Rocky Horror Picture Show
2008 - Everyman [see tab at left "School Play 2008"]
2009 - Little Shop of Horrors
2011 - Through the Looking Glass
2012 - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
The Story of Once On This Island
With its touching story and catchy pop and Caribbean flavoured score by Lyn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (songwriters of the film Anastasia and the Broadway smash Ragtime) Once On This Island is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul.
Loosely based on the Little Mermaid, this is the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
The students had the wonderful chance to shine and showcase some of their hidden talent to produce the musical Once On This Island. It was a challenge but the commitment from students meant that the process and end product were truly wonderful.
The other aspect that was a challenge to the project was the enormous involvement by all the students, even those who were not performing. Apart from acting, singing and dancing, some students also be worked 'hands on' with the technical aspect of the show.
The students experience in the production has certainly helped the students gain some knowledge of basic theatre practice and stagecraft.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the college for giving me the chance to lead this exciting production of Once On This Island.
After nerve-racking days of auditions and with the invaluable help of Kirsty, Kate P. (visiting teacher in training) and Antonia, we finally got this production up and running.
The auditions did have that air of "Australian Idol" and also brought in an experience of professional theatre in practice. The students rose to the occasion and even managed to show their flair in dance. This was certainly a fantastic start to the journey of this production.
I would also like to thank parents and the wider community for their support and assistance with this project.
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