Captivate Drama

This year’s Captivate Drama saw students Cynthia Florek, James Irvine, Emma Webb, Raechel Rudolph and Elizabeth May, from St Andrews College, Mandy Sugar and Angela Eagleton from Nagle College, Krstle Dockery from Delaney College, and ex St Andrews College student Patrice Rielly, who currently studies drama at UNSW, bring to life the production of The Book Of Everything over three nights in the recently named St John Paul II Centre on 13, 14 and 15 June.

The production also saw VET Entertainment students LouJunior Go, Nicole Cadelina, Mattusin Grima and Jeremy Martin putting their theory intone practice with the new lights and sound equipment. Our backstage crew was Stage Managed by ex-student Brittany Ayden.

In The Book of Everything, the generosities of imagination and love are pitted against ignorance, oppression and fear. It's a story about being brave and making friends, about being big enough to see that those who are abusive are human too, and ultimately dishonour only themselves.

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Richard Tulloch's sensitive adaptation, directed by Ms Henrietta Stathopoulos, Drama and VET Entertainment Teacher, and the cast of CAPTIVATE, is based on a book by one of the Netherlands's most popular children's authors, Guus Kuijer.

The play is set in post-Nazi Netherlands, and focuses on domestic violence in a family headed by an abusive Christian fundamentalist. Thomas Klopper who is "nine … almost ten", lives with his father, mother and sister Margot. His Aunty Pie lives down the road. He sees things nobody else sees: hailstorms in the middle of summer and tropical fish in the Amsterdam canals. Thomas is regularly beaten by his father for these imaginative oddities – but it is his father hitting his mother that distresses Thomas more.

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Cast member Cynthia Florek put together the stage sets and ex-student Rhiannon Villano created the artwork for the posters.

Captivate Drama aim to stage the production as a travelling show to primary schools within the area.

These same students will be auditioning for 2015 Short and Sweet Theatre Festival, which has become a yearly tradition amongst Drama Captivators and in 2014 saw the group take out 3rd place in the judges choice – ably directed by Gabrielle Florek, another graduate of St Andrews College.