Summer School 2014 tackled one of our favourite Jason Robert Browns thought provoking musicals, 'Parade'. It concerns the true story of the 1913 trial of Brooklyn born Jewish factory Manager Leo Frank who was accused of raping and murdering a 13 year old employee.
Obviously, this is not a light hearted show so was approached with sensitivity and care at all times. Please see a few comments made by students and parents....
Lucy...... There are so many reasons why I enjoyed doing it including, working with Josh on the different songs for the production and discovering the different ranges I can sing. I have learnt that we need to respect others around us, whether they are working or not, and also on the acting sides of things, I have learnt to take notice of my surroundings and spatial awareness. I would definitely do the summer school again, it was an amazing experience!.
Megan.....I really enjoyed summer school, as it was my first one I was very unsure as to what it would be like but found it can be 2 of the greatest weeks of the year! It's not an easy ride and it's hard work but the benefits at the end are well worth it and show that what you put in truly reflects what is produced.
Rhona, from her Mum!......She totally loved the summer school, loved being with the others of mixed ages and felt very nurtured both by yourselves, Amanda's, and the older members. At times the hours were long and hot but were highly enjoyable.
Fiona.....A parents perspective........I enjoyed dropping Rhona off at a place she was keen to be and picking her up in the evening when she was tired but excited by her days work. As a parent I have loved being able to help out and being included in decision making along the way. I have valued the honesty of the teachers and the discussions around professional attitudes in the theatre industry. I suppose the only issue was the lack of a theatre for the performance, however, this was used as a lesson in itself that theatre is more than the space that it is performed in. It was superb. What makes AGF the best is undoubtedly the professional attitude of the teachers and the realism that this brings to the student learning. If parents want their children to be pretty princesses or cute pirates, this is not the place. Princesses as well as pirates have attitude and professional sassy -ness in bucket loads.