2020 School Production – XANADU the Musical
UPDATE – Friday 7 August, 2020
2020 has been a wild ride for everyone and the production family are no exception. We started the year full of excitement at the prospect of bringing such a fun, zany show to our community. So many industries have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but the entertainment industry is one industry that’s really copped it, and unfortunately that spirals down to us.
While we were so proud of our students for persevering with rehearsals through remote learning 1.0, this latest bout has made things extremely challenging for us. As a result, we cannot foresee a way we can have our show ready for the proposed 2020 September date.
We’ve had to make the very difficult decision to stop working, at least for the moment. It’s a decision that has been made through consultation with our production team, our licencing company and with our school’s leadership. While we love show-biz, the health of everyone has to come first.
While we won’t be going on stage in 2020, we don’t want to waste the wonderful work we’ve done, so here are the arrangements we currently have planned:
The show will be postponed for the remainder of 2020 and is planned to resume rehearsals, Term 1, 2021. The show is proposed for Week 10, Term 1, 2021.
This new show schedule would unfortunately see all current Year 12 students unable to be part of the full-scale production. We have saved an entire scene of characters for cameos from our current Year 12 students – should they wish to return in 2021 and see out the show.
All current lead roles occupied by Year 12 students will be recast to the students who auditioned for these roles and either just missed out or were considered for an understudy role.
We will endeavour to put together another “zoom” style video with current cast. Those at home and those onsite will be able to sing, dance and act on camera for a fun video. We will put this out as a thank you to everyone for ongoing support.
From Jonathan and Amy, as well as our Production Team; Celeste Wells, Em Artis, Tiff Couacaud and Jesse Hone – THANK YOU to everyone for your ongoing support of our decision making in regards to the production of Xanadu.
Students may be slightly fragile (we might too!), however the way the students took the news and were still supporting each other was great to see!
Thank you to everyone who has played even the smallest part in our journey this year. We look forward to Xanadu 2021.
Remember the wise words of Zeus (at least Xanadu Zeus)…..“To love someone else and to create art… That is Xanadu!”
See you next year!