A show to treasure

07 Mar 2017

A rip-roaring tale of adventure and survival sprang to vivid life in the junior drama production of classic pirate story Treasure Island.

Director and drama teacher Robyn Peers says she was thrilled with how it all came together. “The boys really stepped up and the whole ensemble put their hearts and souls into creating the pirates and other characters, and bringing all the action to the stage.”

A junior production is a good opportunity to show the boys, some of whom have had no previous experience, what secondary school drama is about. “Turning words on a page – the script – into a believable story and rewarding theatrical experience takes many weeks and a lot of dedication from actors and crew. Drama is the ultimate team effort.”

While the actors spark and spar on stage, the crew work hard in the background to ensure everything runs according to plan.

Robyn appreciates the support of her colleagues, particularly Director of Drama David Chambers and performing arts technician Grant Bennett, as well as Year 13 student Brent Criglington, who was involved in almost every aspect of the technical performance and was generous in teaching younger members of the tech crew.

Treasure Island was staged in the Old Boys’ Theatre on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March.