Students win Group Award for Outstanding Dancing

MacKillop students at the 2020 OzTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival Australia Photo: Jamie Gilmore

Students from Warnervale’s MacKillop Catholic College have won a Group Award for Outstanding Dancing at the 2020 OzTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival Australia.

Presented as a hybrid in person/online event from October 30-31 at Newcastle Civic Theatre, the Festival was delivered in partnership with Music Theatre International Australasia, iTheatrics United States and was the fifth instalment of the annual event that celebrates student driven musical theatre.

MacKillop’s 22 students presented selections from High School Musical Junior as part of their entry, performing for some leading Australian musical theatre personalities including, Erin James (My Fair Lady, Love Never Dies, Cats), Alinta Chidzey (Chicago, West Side Story), and TONY nominee, Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice on Broadway).

Year 10 student, Trinity Young, also got the opportunity to perform with Perfect as part of the event program.

“I have learned more about myself as a performer and will take his advice with me as I continue on my journey,” Young said.

Sharon Baird is MacKillop’s Leader of Learning and Teaching Performing Arts and praised students for their efforts.

“I am so proud of our students.

“Their singing, dancing and acting all came together to create a really entertaining performance of High School Musical Junior.”

Dilon Luke