Fri, November 22, 2019

Over a thousand students, parents and members of the Redlands Community recently experienced the Australian School of Arts’ 2019 Arts Festival.

Celebrating the vibrant Performing Arts culture at Sheldon College, the festival primarily showcased the work of Kindy to Year 10 students, with the focus being on ensemble performances from Junior and Middle College in the areas of instrumental music, choral singing, dance, drama and musical theatre. 

Some of the performers had been working on their productions since February and it was standing room only in some of the venues, as parents, teachers, family members and friends flocked to see them take to the stage.

Of particular note, was the wonderful sense of Community evident at this Festival.  Not only were performers supported by family, friends and teachers, but also by a number of Senior College students in the role of mentors.  In addition, our amazing community of helpers (staff, students, parents, alumni and friends) who assist with the staging, costuming and makeup, continues to grow every year.  Without these volunteers, events such as this would not be possible, and we are so very grateful for all they do.

The wide range and variety of Arts Festival performances included the following:

The ASTA Drama Academy Year 7 & 8 Musical Theatre group delighted audiences with their production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr.  The Production Team, led by Miss Lauren Cossettini, was immensely proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment of this talented group of young students.  They rose to the challenge of performing an age-old story and exceeded expectations to create an unforgettable experience, both for themselves and for their audience.

The ASTA Drama Academy Prep to Year 6 Junior Production Group brought the timeless classic tale The Wind In The Willows to life in a truly magical way and audiences were enchanted by the set, costumes and performances of this varied group of students.  The smaller Year 7 & 8 Acting Group created many fun-filled interactive audience moments as they explored the realm of Children’s Theatre through their production of Pinocchio.  

The ASTA Dance Academy staged a Dance Concert featuring students from all our Dance Ensembles and Troupes and including the winners of our Middle College Choreography Competition.   Packed with incredible talent, explosive energy and large doses of “cuteness factor”, this concert was a joy to behold.

The ASTA Vocal Program certainly gave audiences something to sing about, with various choirs having the opportunity to present their greatest hits to a full house.  The progression from the younger years through to Middle College Chorale was very evident and wonderful to see.  Our thanks and congratulations to the Accompanists and Directors of the various ensembles for all they do to develop these students.

The Performance Music program presented three concerts over the course of the Festival, including concert bands, rock bands, guitar ensembles, percussion ensembles and string groups. Concert #1 featured our guitar and percussion ensembles including the debut performance by our youngest percussionists from Year 4.  Concert #2 featured our Year 4 Program, including Year 4 Band, Sheldon Strummers, Year 4 Strings and Choir. It has been wonderful to see how far these students have come after just one year of tuition.  Concert #3 featured our Middle College Bands and Choirs in their last concert for the year. Many of these students will now be moving up to our Senior Ensembles in 2020.

Thank you to everyone who supported Arts Festival 2019, it was truly a weekend of wonder!