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Beautiful Year 11 and 12 Drama production Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery Directed by Miles Openshaw Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery and directed by Miles Openshaw was a compelling physical performance by Year 11 and 12 Guildford Grammar School and Perth College drama students. The play is set in a boxing gym in Glasgow in 2009/10 and focuses on the boxing dreams of five young people whose working class lives are beset by personal and social struggle and where boxing was a path to success, admiration, achievement. The play presented many exciting performance challenges for the cast, such as learning boxing moves and techniques, physical choreography, and mastering a Glaswegian accent! However, there were strong performances by all members of the cast, due to unwavering commitment and connection to character, which created a visceral production that highlighted the physical skills of the boys. Director, Miles Openshaw, who hails from the United Kingdom where he operated his own theatre company, thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and brought to bear his amazing background on this intense play. It is always a wonderful process to watch students grow and thrive through performance, gain confidence and understanding, and present theatre work with complete conviction. Ms Jane Diamond Head of Drama and the Arts Faculty Coming in August: Jesus Christ Superstar The 2017 Senior Drama Production of Jesus Christ Superstar is rocking along at a fast pace, with the cast, consisting of Perth College and Guildford Grammar School drama students, learning the songs, rehearsing choreography, managing stage movement and embracing the 60s/70s style of production. Mr Kieran Hurley and Mr Quentin Edmonds are busy conducting the musicians (Rock Band), who are sounding fabulous. This famous rock opera will be sensational, bringing a contemporary lens onto the story of Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Jesus Christ Superstar will be a colourful, dynamic show with catchy songs, music and performances by a wonderful cast and band. Not to be missed! Performance Dates: • Wednesday 9 August – Preview, 7.30pm • Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-12 August 2017, 7.30pm Tickets Adults $17.00, Concession $12.00 You don’t have to wait until August to purchase your tickets – they are available now, online at www.ggs.wa.edu.au/JCSuperstar. 15