In celebration of Parklands Christian College’s 20-year anniversary and 10 years of theatre productions, students showcased their talents onstage at the Wineglass Theatre on the 23rd and 24th July.

Written by PCC performing arts teachers Cleo Smith and Julia Matthews, “What’s Inside,” was an original piece which reflected on the college’s productions over the past decade.

Parklands Christian College performing arts teacher and play director Jaclyn Kelly said it was rewarding to watch the students as the musical came together onstage.

“We facilitate it all, but they actually bring it together and bring it to life,” she said.

“To see their excitement is rewarding.”

The scene was set by a class of drama students tasked with moving boxes from their old drama classroom to a new one.

As different items stirred memories of past performances, props and costumes came to life and transformed the students into characters.

After Tianna (played by Lily Robertson) was unwillingly turned into the Fairy Godmother, she became involved with helping her classmates Gilbert and Gwen fall in love.

A series of comedic events followed as four students – Gilbert (Bryce West) Gwen (Charlotte Lee) Hope (Tori Hankins) and Hunter (Joshua Doolan) – were all enchanted by fairy godmother magic.

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Tori Hankins (Hope), Joshua Doolan (Hunter), Lily Robertson (Tianna), Bryce West (Gilbert), and Charlotte Lee (Gwen).

Featured songs performed beautifully by the cast and ensemble included “Be Our Guest,” “Modern Major General,” “Peter Pan and Wendy,” “In My Own Little Corner,” and “Gaston.”

The four casted drama teachers performed a fascinating “chair dance” to a classical piece.

“Our leads were outstanding,” Mrs Kelly said.

“They did a really good job and brought their own personalities to their pieces, and they grew a lot as they rehearsed and progressed.”

A lot of work went into to the production, including script writing, vocal work, choreography, scene blocking, weekly late-night rehearsals and holiday practices.

Behind-the-scenes teams included a back-stage crew, a technical crew, hair and makeup artists, videographers, and set design supported by visual art and construction teams.

The audience was treated to dinner and dessert prepared by the PCC hospitality team on opening night.

Mrs Kelly said the musical was a great opportunity for the kids to make memories with new people.

“This is an extra thing on top of their curriculum, so it allows them a different outlet to make new friends.

“I don’t think our world would survive if we didn’t have our arts … it inspires our kids to see the world differently,” she said.

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Parklands Christian College “What’s Inside” cast and production team.

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