Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts is still reaping the rewards from last year’s successful HSC showing.
WHSPA will for the first time have a drama group performance included in OnStage – presented as part of the 2018 HSC Showcase Season by the NSW Education Standards Authority and NSW Department of Education.
In another “rarity”, former student Harrison Covetz will also perform a drama piece at the Seymour Centre in Sydney from February 9-15.
WHSPA drama teacher Rosie Goderie was extremely proud of her former students.
“To have a group performance included for the first time is fantastic,” she said.
“To also have a individual performance picked in the same year is really special. It is rare to have two picked. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Alana Maclean-Dowling, Keely Honner and Darcy Scrine helped devise a group performance about gun violence called What For?
“We are trying to say it from unbiased perspective but bring to life how devastating it is on the victims, to the families, to the friends and to the teachers in the case of a school shooting,” Honner said.
Maclean-Dowling added the piece does not push the audience to pick a side on gun violence but explores the questions of how, why and what for.
“I think there will be 800 people in the audience every night so hopefully we will be able to get the message out there and have a lot of fun,” she said.
Harrison Covetz was also looking forward to performing his monologue about one “of the greatest villains in Shakespearean history”.
“[The monologue] is set in a modern day concept Shakespearean time,” he said.
“I’ve taken the play Othello and taken out one of the greatest villains in Shakespearean history - Iago – and I’ve shown his hierarchy through putting him as a businessman.
“He is in an office setting and he is kind of unraveling his plans against Othello.”
Covetz said he was especially looking forward to performing at the Seymour Centre.
“We work on these monologues for so long and these pieces for so long just to lead up to one performance for three [HSC] markers,” he said.
“Now I’m getting to perform that for a whole week in front of 800 people.
“It is a big difference and it makes me feel special how all this progress has led to something else.”
Visit the Seymour Centre website here for OnStage performance details.