COWRA High School’s performance of the Next Stop Broadway stage show by the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty (CAPA) gave the students a chance to celebrate their own creativity.
It was the first full school musical staged for many years.
There have been individual nights of music, dance and drama, but early in the year it was decided to pool their talents and stage a musical.
Next Stop Broadway was performed to large audiences in Cowra’s Civic Centre last Wednesday and Thursday night, plus a school matinee on Wednesday.
Extra seats had to be put out at the last minute to accommodate the larger than expected crowd on Thursday night.
Some families attended on Wednesday night and enjoyed the show so much that they returned again on Thursday night.
The show featured a cast of more than 60 actors, dancers, singers and musicians, as well as a number of others involved backstage.
For the show it was decided to do a pastiche of numbers from the great musicals of the past – including Annie Get Your Gun, A Chorus Line, Footloose, Grease, Peter Pan, Hairspray, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Oliver, The Boy from Oz, Rent, Wicked and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Drama teacher, Mel Rowston, cleverly wrote dialogue to connect the chosen songs.
The scene was set around students at a Central Western high school coming together to debate which show they would stage for their annual musical.
The committee then hotly debated numerous opinions while the band, the singers and the dancers performed a number-one song from the various musicals being considered.
The orchestra comprised students and teachers Kerrie O’Dea, Doug Hughes and Leigh Morrisey, plus community members, Stu Sims, Daryl Hughes and Mary-Ann Wright.
The stunning sets were painted by Year 10 art students with the assistance of teachers Linda Chant and Megan Mackenzie.
Particular thanks goes to CAPA head teacher, Kerrie O’Dea; music teacher Doug Hughes; drama teachers Mel Rowston, Leigh Morrisey and Rachel Elwin; and dance teacher Alison Buckley – plus the many talented students who were involved as actors, singers, dancers and musicians.
Next Stop Broadway was highly entertaining and showcased the enormous talent of both students and staff from Cowra High School.