Our student performers continue to shine
The Kinross Wolaroi School’s opening performance of High School Musical was on the money from the opening scenes with the cast well-rehearsed, delivering their lines and acting without fault. It was evident that not only did the cast have emotional attachment to the story, but so too the majority of the audience, which was made up of borders. Their enthusiastic responses to different scenes sent a clear message to the cast that their peers were behind them 100 percent.
The dramatic performances of all lead roles were well executed, with very convincing performances from Bonnie Vance and Jonty King in the roles of Sharpay and Ryan as the over bearing brother and sister. Jonty King shone on a number of levels with some impressive choreographed routines and a strong vocal performance, providing a glimpse into a very promising singer. Whilst Lucy Kirk and Richard King handled the adult roles of the drama teacher Ms Darbus and Coach Bolton with a lot of flair, capturing the tension between the competing priorities of the Arts vs Sports program within the school community.
The dramatic performances of the two main leads from Fletcher Bolte as Troy Bolton and Olivia Mirrington as Gabriella Montez got great reactions from the crowd throughout the performance. A stand out in the singing department came from Olivia Mirrington, who injected these pop numbers with a soulful performance, taking them above and beyond the versions on the original soundtrack. This is an emerging artist whose voice you’re sure to be hearing more of from stages around Orange.
The students and staff from Kinross Wolaroi involved in all aspects of the production delivered a very enjoyable theatre experience. With the depth of talent across the School, next year’s performance, whatever it might be is one to look out for.