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Mazenod – Avila Musicals

Mazenod College has a long tradition of producing a musical each year. The tradition was started in 1981 by Father Moroney. In the first three musicals students mainly combined with staff in presenting the musical. Then in 1983, some students from Avila College joined the production of ‘The Witness’ and since then, students from Years 10 to 12 at Avila College have combined with Mazenod College to present marvellous and entertaining musicals.

It is amazing the multitude of tasks required to present a musical – singing, dancing, drama coaching, choreography, stage movement and direction, costumes, lighting makeup, sound, planning, organising, designing, practising, playing music, setting microphones, stage props and sets, ticket selling, publicity, programmes, rehearsals, photography, ushering etc. It is a tribute to the staff, parents and students involved over many years that each musical did happen. It has been marvellous to see the range of staff and students from many areas of the College involved. One key feature of our musicals has always been participation. With the cast, band, backstage crews and ushers there have always been nearly 150 students involved. Add to that 10-20 teachers and some other adults each year and it is a mammoth undertaking.

The Mazenod-Avila musicals have also nurtured the musical talents of many and it is pleasing to see a number of students who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry as performers, musicians, script-writers or technicians. Some of the particularly prominent ones include: John Cummings (stage or band 1983-88), Rebecca Nash (1987-88), Ann-Maree McCormack (1987-89), Mark Dickinson (1985, 1987-90), Conrad Hendricks (stage or band 1984-90), Brendan Scott (band 1989, stage 1990-93), Jason Dean (band 1987-90), Gerard McCulloch (1986-91), Elise Dickinson (1994-96) and Sally Dickinson (1997-99). We are especially proud of them and their achievements.

Musicals and other music and drama presentations should always be part of the wider curriculum. They provide opportunities for displaying the talents of students but they also build self-confidence and contribute to the education of the whole person. They are an important way of building community spirit and encouraging participation. The musicals have always had strong support from the Rectors and staff. Long may they continue!

1981 Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1999 42nd Street
1982 Smike 2000 Anything Goes
1983 The Witness 2001 The Boy Friend
1984 Oliver 2002 West Side Story
1985 The Wizard of Oz 2003 Calamity Jane
1986 Guys and Dolls 2004 Fame
1987 Oklahoma 2005 Grease
1988 West Side Story 2006 Godspell
1989 Bye Bye Birdie 2007 South Pacific
1990 Godspell 2008 The Wizard of Oz
1991 The Wiz 2009 Seussical
1992 Pirates of Penzance 2010 Beauty and the Beast
1993 The Mikado 2011 Bye Bye Birdie
1994 Oliver 2012 Hot Mikado
1995 HMS Pinafore 2013 Footloose
1996 My Fair Lady 2014 West Side Story
1997 Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2015 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 1998 Guys and Dolls 2016 Hairspray