iServi News | 9 August 2019 | Term 3, Week 3
Contemporary Band Performance
Servite was well represented at the Contemporary Band Evening as part of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges, with performances from both the Servite College Contemporary Band and the Servite College Rock Band. Our 13 students from Years 7-9 who were involved in the evening should be extremely proud of their performances and for the way they conducted themselves on and off the stage.
The night was adjudicated by Mr Chris Goff, a well-established music educator in Perth, who congratulated both groups for their performances. The Contemporary Band performed ‘Can’t Stop’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and ‘(Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind’ by Powderfinger. The band received positive feedback which included, “Some great techniques and skills on display. Ensemble generally pretty tight throughout. Well done!”.
With only 6 months of rehearsals, the Servite Rock Band performed ‘Stitches’ by Shawn Mendes and were commended for “A confident performance … good balance achieved between the vocals and instrumentalists. Very good pulse throughout”.
Congratulations to all students involved and our thanks to the families and friends who attended the evening.
Mrs Erica Royle
(Acting) Performing Arts Coordinator
Senior Acting Club Success
On Thursday 1 August the Servite Senior Acting Club presented a 20 minute excerpt performance of the comedy script The Exam written by Andy Hamilton. This clever text explores the insecurities and strengths of three senior students as they wait to sit a high-pressure exam. Set both in the homes of the characters and in their school, audiences are shown truthful examples of how parents, teachers and students cope with stress, a theme both relatable and entertaining.
The Senior Acting Club have been working together, with my support, twice a week since the start of the year to devise every aspect of their performance. From selection of the script, to directing and all design elements, these students have learnt an invaluable set of skills which can now be applied to future Drama work.
Year 11 student Claudia Donatelli and Year 10 students Jovan Fidanovski and Claudia Catena have provided their reflections:
“Being a part of the Senior Acting Club has been both an exciting and rewarding experience. When we first started, everyone was very shy and reserved. However, after two Terms of rehearsals and devising we all became a close set of friends. I can definitely say that being a part of the Acting Club has been a highlight of my year and I am very proud of our end result.” (Claudia Donatelli, SC2)
“The skills we learned in Drama Club will not only benefit us in the classroom, but in the real world. We learnt skills like communication, the importance of listening, confidence and most of all teamwork. This extra-curricular activity would not have been made possible if it wasn’t for Mrs Navarro taking the time out of her busy schedule to teach us these skills and to create memories we will never forget- so thank you to her for that.” (Jovan Fidanovski, OLS7)
“For me, the most interesting part of the devising process was tailoring the existing script to meet the requirements of our Catholic Performing Arts Festival category. My favourite part of the entire rehearsal process was coming up with the costumes and finding ways to personify each of the characters and their quirks. Seeing the audience have such a positive reaction to our performance made the many weeks of rehearsal worth it.” (Claudia Catena, SM5)
It was an absolute delight to watch the ensemble perform on stage at St Norbert College, and hear the audience noticeably reacting to every moment of comedy. The Catholic Performing Arts Adjudicator provided fantastic feedback on the night, resulting in the group receiving an Outstanding Award for their performance. This is the highest award available in the festival and now places Servite in the running to receive the CPAF Shield and participate in the final Festival Concert. Stay tuned for more news here.
A huge congratulations to all the talented students involved in the Servite Senior Acting Club. Your commitment and creativity is invaluable and very much the reason for this success.
Mrs Morgan Navarro
Teacher – Drama